It’s time to read!

It’s time to read!

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’.”

-Joseph Addison


We welcome you to the Mount Sheridan Plaza Book Exchange!

In collaboration with Mission Australia and Communities for Children, the Mount Sheridan Plaza Community Book Exchange will be in centre from Monday March 26, 2018. The exchange is located near the JP desk and Community Noticeboard, every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.  Monday & Wednesday 10am-2pm. Saturday 9am-1pm. (EDIT: The Exchange is now located in the Community Hub and is open 7 days during opening hours)

In an age of digital downloads and wireless streaming, sometimes it can seem difficult to justify the storage space and dusting you have to do in order to maintain a good collection of literature. Seeing this dilemma, Mount Sheridan Plaza has rediscovered the lost, ancient art of the Book Exchange.

Enjoy every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, share your favourites with the local community, trade over something from your collection, or simply find something new to read. While the exchange doesn’t open until March 26, we are always accepting book donations at the Centre Management office to help us build a collection.

The goal is to support literacy in FNQ, circulating hundreds of books in most genres; fiction, non-fiction, historical fantasy, autobiographies, memoirs, art books, encyclopaedias, magazines, children’s books, history, literature, cooking, classics, Australiana, Indigenous, romance, reference/text, young adult, self-help, speculative fiction, alternative, spiritual, religious, science fiction, fantasy, gardening, westerns, true crime, biographies, maritime, political, sporting and much more.  Mount Sheridan Plaza will have a constantly updating library of reading material that anyone in the community can draw from.

So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”

-Roald Dahl, Matilda, 1988.

The book exchange is FREE, and the more people participate the more options you’ll have to choose from. There is only 1 rule and is based on the honesty system: If you borrow a book, please place another book in its place.

Use the opportunity to clear out an overflowing bookshelf in exchange for the next part of a series, or pick up something for the kids to read over a long car ride (paper never runs out of batteries, after all). Try out some new genres and unknown authors, or pick up a piece of classic literature. Enjoy your time in the centre in air conditioned comfort for a bite to eat, a relaxing read, and freshly ground coffee.