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Lilliput Libraries head inland

10 Jan 2017

The Lilliput Library revolution is gaining momentum, spreading from where it all began in Dunedin, to Queenstown. And the call is out for it to go even further. 

Based on a model set up in Dunedin in 2015, these neighbourhood swapping libraries bolster both a sense of community and the opportunity to read. Lilliput Libraries are letterbox-style mini libraries placed in front of schools, community buildings and private homes that operate on an honesty system. Simply choose a book you like from the Lilliput Library, and return it to the same library or another one once you’ve finished. Or you can keep it forever. Donate books you don’t need, and spread the word… literally.

Queenstown-based Catalyst Trust has now become a satellite branch for the initiative with its first Lilliput Library installed in Willow Place on the Kelvin Peninsula and painted in Resene by local artist Jeri Elliot.  

The libraries have been built by members of Taieri Blokes Shed team. Mega Mitre 10  provided the posts and Resene has donated the paint, and will accept books dropped off for the Lilliput Libraries at the Resene ColorShop in Gorge Road, Queenstown. Or if you are in Dunedin you can drop off books for the Dunedin Lilliput libraries at the Dunedin Resene ColorShop.

Catalyst Trust would love to see a Lilliput Library network spread throughout the Wakatipu. Email [email protected] if you're keen to get involved.