Great response to Lilliput libraries

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Some other structures might not have survived the blustery winds that howled across Clyde two weeks ago, but the newly installed Lilliput library was still standing tall in Hazlett St.

Inspired by a similar community project in Dunedin, the Lions Club of Clyde and Districts decided to facilitate a series of letterbox-sized community libraries, which were then built by the Alexandra Men’s Club.

Project committee member Anne Connelly said the libraries were free to use and housed books suitable for a range of ages and interests, including children’s books, fiction and non-fiction titles.

People wishing to use the service were encouraged to swap their own books with those in the shelter to ensure the library had a constant supply of titles, she said.

The Lion’s Club had already received “tremendous feedback” from the community and there were plans to introduce Lilliput libraries in Alexandra, she said.

Artists Debbie Malcolm and Lucy Low painted a landscape scene on each side of the box to represent different seasons.

The pair spent about three weeks working on the letterbox, Mrs Malcolm said.

“We wanted to keep it nice and bright.

“We had great fun doing it; we’re already scheming our next one.”

The Lilliput Libraries are stationed at numbers 81 and 135 Hazlett St and at Clyde School.