Almost 200 applicants in the running for Townsville Street Library competition

Date published: 16 September 2020

Townsville City Council has received almost 200 applications for the Townsville Street Library competition.

There are now 193 hopeful street librarians waiting with bated breath to see if they will be named a lucky winner.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said she was thrilled with the response to the competition.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve had so many people sign up and show their interest in running their very own Street Library,” Cr Greaney said.

“The number of people who have put their hands up to run a Street Library really goes to show just how community-minded Townsville is.”

She said being COVID-safe was a priority for Council throughout this competition.

“Council will be providing COVID-safe kits and training for our lucky winners. This will help them manage their Street Library in a COVID-safe way,” she said.

Cr Greaney said there was now a week to wait until successful applicants were notified.

“The selection panel is going to have a hard time narrowing the winners down from almost 200 to 100. They’re going to be aiming to have a good spread of the street libraries across the city so that they’re accessible to most people,” she said.

“The panel will be announcing winners next week, so stay tuned to see if you or someone you know is lucky enough to be a brand new street librarian.”

Winners will be announced on the Townsville City Council Facebook page and the Council website.