Warrah is now the proud owner of its very own Street Library thanks to a generous donation from Street Library Australia. Street libraries are small homes for books that give people in the community free access to literature and re-engage us in the joy of reading. Street libraries encourage recycling and sharing of books. Three Warrah community members have been appointed as librarians. They are all keen readers. Two of our librarians are residents in one of our Supported Independent Living Homes and the third is a participant in a Warrah day program. All three have embraced the street library project and are looking forward to ensuring it is well-stocked and cleaned weekly.
The Warrah Street library is conveniently located next to the Farm Shop, where there is ample parking for the community and neighbours to drop by to donate a book and look at what great books are available to enjoy.
We are firm believers in sustainability and, in addition to our Biodynamic Farm and organic Farm Shop, Warrah staff support participants to run a number of different recycling initiatives. These include:
- Street library – take a book, leave a book
- Plastic lids – donated to lids4kids
- Plastic bread tags – donated to Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs
- Blister packs – taken for recycling
- 10c refund containers
- Shoe boxes and Christmas wrap – wrapped for the Philippines Project
The recycling drop-off location for all of the above is at the Farm Shop during opening hours.
Programs like the street library and recycling initiatives give our participants opportunities to take ownership and experience greater autonomy. The projects help our participants to contribute in meaningful ways within the community and develop a sense of pride from their contribution. The local community is encouraged to join Warrah’s recycling programs to clean up, fix, and conserve our environment.