Books on the menu

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By MONTANA ARDON

MORE Claremont res­i­dents will soon have ac­cess to a free book ex­change pro­gram, thanks to Grill’d Claremont Quar­ter.

Well known for its ‘Lo­cal Mat­ters’ to­ken pro­gram, the burger restau­rant has got on board to sup­port the Town of Claremont in a book ex­change ini­tia­tive.

Grill’d houses one of the three Lit­tle Li­braries sites in Claremont, with each of­fer­ing books for peo­ple to bor­row and ex­change free.

Mayor Jock Barker said that those us­ing the li­braries are join­ing an ex­cit­ing global trend that has seen nearly 40,000 Lit­tle Li­braries spring up around the world.

“This won­der­ful com­mu­nity phe­nom­e­non is based on a sim­ple, old­fash­ioned hon­our sys­tem,” Mr Barker said.

“The books are housed in a small wooden con­tainer and are free to en­joy.

“There is no regis­tra­tion or due back dates, you sim­ply stop, browse and take a book to read, and peo­ple can con­trib­ute to the book ex­change by do­nat­ing a book from their own col­lec­tion.”

Grill’d Claremont man­ager Daniel Grif­fin said the restau­rant was pleased to sup­port the ini­tia­tive.

“Each month we give away $500 to three dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity groups,” he said.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal groups to get more ex­po­sure and fund­ing, and the Lit­tle Li­braries pro­gram means kids or adults can come to Grill’d, have a meal, read a book and swap it next time they re­turn.”

The other sites are at Cookie Dough in Times Square and Speed Fit on St Quentin Av­enue. A fourth Lit­tle Li­brary will be es­tab­lished in Claremont when enough funds are raised.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d470403

Claremont Mayor Jock Barker and Grill'd man­ager Daniel Grif­fin.

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