National Year of Reading

Our founder, Sarah Garnett, and our chairperson, Jaqui Lane, headed down to Canberra today to help launch the National Year of Reading, an initiative that’s designed to help people discover (and rediscover) the magic of books and reading. We’re participating in the initiative and will have updates here throughout the year.

Australia Day Ambassador

Our founder, Sarah Garnett, headed up to Merriwa, in the Upper Hunter Valley region as an Australia Day ambassador. Here are a couple of pics of how she spent the day, which included talking about how The Footpath Library started and what kind of work we do.              

Charlie Teo’s Australia Day Address

Sarah Garnett was privileged to hear Dr Charlie Teo’s Australia Day address last night at the Sydney Music Conservatorium. His speech on racism, immigration, the tall poppy syndrome, and scientific research, as well as all the things that make Australia a great place to live, was truly inspirational.

StreetSmart’s BIG Dine Out!

Please help those who help us! From 14–24 November, visit a participating cafe or restaurant near you and raise funds for StreetSmart Australia so that they can continue to make grants to organisations like us. More info here.

Bookmarks from St Catherine’s students

The Year 7 students at St Catherine’s in Sydney made some bookmarks to accompany their bookdrive donation. We’re thrilled and know our customers will be too. Truth be told, we’ve been eyeing off a couple we’d like for ourselves and might need the students to get designing and colouring stat!

Free, outdoor libraries? We like the sound of that!

We heard about these fantastic outdoor libraries from a friend of The Footpath Library. We’re officially in love and hope this US-based invention makes its way down under. The premise is that the birdhouse-like structures hold up to about 20 books, and people can borrow and return them at their leisure. Kind of The Footpath…

Brisbane Homeless Connect

It’s almost time for biannual event Homeless Connect again in Brisbane. We’ll be heading down to hand out books, catch up with our clients, and to meet new ones. We think it’ll be a perfect time to pick up a couple of books to enjoy in the spring sunshine or to put away for some…

Welcome to our new website

The Footpath Library has come a long way since it kicked off with Sarah Garnett in Sydney in 2003. Now in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, and with a team of volunteers to boot, The Footpath Library’s outgrown its old website. We’ve been working pretty hard behind the scenes to put together a website that fits…