Council is launching a Community Reading Box Project, which involves the installation of easily accessible community reading boxes throughout Cumberland, designed and built by Granville Men's Shed.
The project, which is an initiative of Council's Paint Cumberland REaD program, supported by a Clubs Grant, will go live in March. The aim is to encourage reading and improve literacy skills throughout the community, but particularly for young children.
Paint Cumberland REaD mascot Poppy the Possum will be encouraging people to 'Take a Book, Leave a Book' at easily accessible locations; in parks, outside childcare centres and around other community facilities.
The first of the boxes will be installed in the wildlife areas of Central Gardens in Merrylands and Auburn Botanic Gardens. To launch the project, simultaneous children's story-time events will be held at both venues from 10am on Monday 12 March with Poppy the Possum.
Bookings are not required for these free events, open to all.
Applications for t
he Cumberland Community Grants Program close at 4pm on 26 February 2018.
Cumberland Council's Community Grants Program provides grants to local not for profit organisations and individuals for projects which aim to develop a more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive community.
Applicants can get free support from Council to develop and submit their grant application.