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Books for All

By booksforall - 9 November 2009 13

Canberra, the Nation’s Capital is often regarded as a wealthy city  however there are many homeless and disadvantaged members living in the community. I have set up a not for profit organisation called ‘Books for All’ with the aim being for every homeless and disadvantaged person living in Canberra to have the opportunity to own or borrow a book for free.

Why Books?
Books provide a wide degree of services especially that of enjoyment, knowledge, escapism and discussion.

Why here in Canberra?

  • There are more than 1,300 Canberrans who are considered homeless & more than 30,000 living beneath the poverty line.
  • Canberra has the highest portion of young people (under the age of 25) who are homeless- over 800 people.
  • Nearly 300 are under the age of 12 – that’s 22 per cent of all homeless in the ACT and nearly twice the national average of 12 per cent.

Where & when will ‘Books for All’  service occur?
Tuesday afternoons at the Griffin Centre, Genge St, Civic. (Days may increase if service is popular).

What can I do to help?
Donate any books you no longer want! They can be novels, kid’s books, magazines, comics & so forth. (Please keep any offensive or pornographic books to yourself though!)

Where can I donate books?

We are currently undergoing a changes in where our collection bins will be located so please  hold onto your books and you will soon be notified!

Please join our Facebook group for more info and to keep updated:

 http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=158391192883&v=info

With thanks, Tamara

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13 Responses to
Books for All
GardeningGirl 11:52 am 10 Nov 09

booksforall said :

I checked the settings of the group on Facebook and the group is open and set so that anyone can join, comment, add photographs etc . . . I have made a simple blog which we will keep updated. http://booksforallcanberra.blogspot.com/

But is it set so anyone can look before joining?
Thanks, I’ll check the blog.

booksforall 10:33 am 10 Nov 09

Hi again GardeningGirl,
I checked the settings of the group on Facebook and the group is open and set so that anyone can join, comment, add photographs etc. Very sorry you are still unable to access it. I am not sure why that is. I’m sure your not the only person unable to see the group therefore I have made a simple blog which we will keep updated. http://booksforallcanberra.blogspot.com/
– Take care, Tamara.

GardeningGirl 10:54 pm 09 Nov 09

booksforall said :

Not sure why you are unable to see the Facebook group- it may just be a facebook policy that you need to be a member to see people’s groups etc. I have made it an open group so anybody can look and join.

I thought whoever sets it up decides how accessible to make it. I’ve been able to follow other links before, but I’m still not seeing yours, I just get a log-in page.

booksforall 7:42 pm 09 Nov 09

Oh wow, I will keep that in mind. Thanks I-filed. =)

I-filed 6:05 pm 09 Nov 09

A word of caution: one of the main earners for junkies in Canberra a few years ago was selling stolen books at second-hand bookstores. Books are actually often more valuable than some second-hand (stolen) electronic items. It might be an idea to mark the donated books if they happen to be worth $10 or more …

booksforall 5:48 pm 09 Nov 09

Hi there GardeningGirl,
Yes, I have just recently heard of the Footpath Library! It’s such wonderful work the lady, Sarah Garnett has done for Sydney’s homeless community. =)
Not sure why you are unable to see the Facebook group- it may just be a facebook policy that you need to be a member to see people’s groups etc. I have made it an open group so anybody can look and join. Please try again otherwise feel free to email me at tamara.mcleod@hotmail.com if you have any questions or queries.

Thanks, Tamara

GardeningGirl 5:28 pm 09 Nov 09

This idea sounded familiar. I might have seen something on tv, and googling led me to this.
http://www.footpathlibrary.org/
Nice to know someone is doing something in Canberra too.
Is there any reason why your Facebook page requires a log-in? I’m not a member and while I haven’t ruled it out it would be nice to be able to have a look around at what might interest me first.

booksforall 4:06 pm 09 Nov 09

Hi there,
Thanks to everyone for commenting- as trevar and neanderthalsis said- the reason why borrowing books at a library is difficult is because often people don’t have the proof of residency that libraries require when borrowing books.

Muttsybignuts- I’m sorry you had a bad experience with someone in the past organising something similar. There is nothing to be sceptical about with ‘Books for All’.
It’s fantastic to see you are joining the Facebook group and have plenty of books to donate- Thank you!

With Thanks, Tamara.

Muttsybignuts 2:20 pm 09 Nov 09

neanderthalsis said :

random said :

It sounds like a good thing you’re doing, but can you explain why the library isn’t suitable?

Because if you’re homeless they can’t post you a late notice.

One generally needs to have an address before you can get a library card and I don’t think having “care of St Vinnies” quite cuts it.

Completely off topic, but as I read this it reminded me of something from a few years a go. My school was having its’ 10 year reunion and when it was being organised, one of the ex students gave them the instructions to the organizing committee. “When you have the details, just post them to Andrew M******D, care of The Outback, Australia” He was/probably still is a Jackaroo and moved around all the time. Highly skeptical, the letter was sent and bugger me if he didn’t get it. Now THATS a good postie.

PS I have heaps of books to donate. Will join the Facebook group.

neanderthalsis 12:15 pm 09 Nov 09

random said :

It sounds like a good thing you’re doing, but can you explain why the library isn’t suitable?

Because if you’re homeless they can’t post you a late notice.

One generally needs to have an address before you can get a library card and I don’t think having “care of St Vinnies” quite cuts it.

trevar 11:23 am 09 Nov 09

I suspect that if you don’t have an address, you’re not entitled to a library card.

colourful sydney rac 11:14 am 09 Nov 09

um yeah – library?

random 9:46 am 09 Nov 09

It sounds like a good thing you’re doing, but can you explain why the library isn’t suitable?

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