Feed­ing minds from the books in com­mu­nity book ex­change fridge

Bay News - - Front Page - By Re­becca Mauger news@baynews.co.nz

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e of the key things for their suc­cess is whether there are books in homes and so we’re happy to play some small part in this.’’

THERE is a fridge in Merivale that is feed­ing the minds of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

They’ve called it the Merivale Com­mu­nity Book Fridge— an old fridge which has been con­verted into a book ex­change for the com­mu­nity.

Scott Hen­der­son­was in­spired by a com­mu­nity book ex­change project he saw in Pu­nakaiki— a con­verted fridge. So he sourced a fridge, built the shelves, and daugh­ter Hana, 10, did a book drive through Pil­lans Point School to col­lect books for the ex­change.

Merivale Com­mu­nity Cen­tre was ap­proached and man­ager So­phie Rap­son loved the idea.

“We asked our kids here (at the drop-in cen­tre) what they wanted and the kids ac­tu­ally said they wanted more ac­cess to books. One of the key things for their suc­cess is whether there are books in homes and so we’re happy to play some small part in this.”

The chil­dren from the com­mu­nity have painted the fridge in small mo­saics, a square each, to take own­er­ship of the fridge.

Scott, with a back­ground in ed­u­ca­tion, be­lieves adults are more likely to go onto fur­ther study and work if they have had lit­er­acy grow­ing up.

The idea is to ex­change books. But if you have no books to ex­change, take a book.

The cen­tre has many chil­dren’s books, but they are in need of non fic­tion and ed­u­ca­tional books, as well as books for tweens and teenagers.

The li­brary is in­stalled at the front of Merivale Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

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