Thursday, October 22, 2009

Galerie Montmartre's Community Bookshelf


galmont's community bookcase in action


setting up - ready.....

..... get set.....


.....go!!


the sign says 'please feel free to browse and take a book home - replace or swap it with a pre-loved book of your own when you can'.
I am soooooooo excited about this! As a result of reading this post by Holly over at the inspirational Decor 8, I knew that a community bookshelf would completely work at Galmont. Fitzroy is a diverse, energetic, inner-city hub think East Village if in NYC or Surry Hills if you know Sydney - a little bit grimey and proud of it! I knew that this idea would be simple to start up and add to our 3065 postcode at the same time. Thanks to the gorgeous Philip Graham for the shoerack/bookcase.

Within minutes of putting it all together, a young student came by elated that he didn't have to buy a literature text, Ibsen, was waiting just for him. Someone else asked L'Homme if he had read the Faulkner book, because she had heard it was a beauty. And we were greeted by the squeals of a very excited woman on Sunday who had finally found a text she had been looking for all her adult life! I could sit and watch people interacting with that bookcase all day.

Good one, Fitzroy, I knew you could do it!
I'm going to speak to a few more Fitzroy lovely creatives in the future to see if they want to jump on the Community Bookshelf wagon and make our little 'burb the book swapping capital of Australia!

7 comments:

erin said...

i love the shelf!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Shelley, this is Brilliant!
Well done you! I am sending my faraways in to do some book swapping with you!

Love Sarah x

Fitzroyalty said...

Fantastic! I will come and contribute soon.

Chica Mandita said...

Me encanta book swaps...always seeking them out

Shelley Trbuhovich said...

thanks for your support, folks! this has been a great addition to galmont, but more importantly the community of fitzroy. people are forever poking around the shelves. we've had people bringing a few books and stocking the shelf themselves, which is really exciting! someone told me today that they think it will need to be double the size by the end of the year. so fab.

Kimberlee said...

Well done precious, awesome idea and all so chic at the same time (wouldn't expect anything less from you though Shelley!) x

Trisha said...

How exciting! I will stop by with books soon. I love living in Fitzroy :) Good on you for making this happen!