Over the past few difficult months there has been an outpouring of old-fashioned, feel-good community spirit which warms the heart to see and experience. In particular, community book exchanges have been popping up around the neighbourhoods of the North Shore.
The Wicklow Road Book Exchange in Narrow Neck is a great example of this wonderful community spirit in action. Kind souls donate, excited kids and adults alike browse and discover gems that they can take away for free. The re-cycle continues as they in turn 'pay-it-forward' by replacing their borrowed items with new stock, or simply returning the books once finished. Orderly and respectful, the scheme works in harmony with the local community, with more than just books donated:; carefully prepared art and craft activity bags to keep kids inspired, generous Lego donations, good-as-new toys and jigsaw puzzles miraculously appear like an early Christmas windfall! Not only that, a Wicklow Road book fairy keeps the old-fashioned bus shelter in wonderful, perfect order. A massive shout out and thank you from us at Channel Magazine to all those keeping these amazing places alive and thriving right across our North Shore communities!