BALLARAT book lovers have the chance to join an international initiative to find their favourite novels – for free.
The Ballarat Book Exchange at the Backspace Gallery in Camp Street was recently launched and offers readers an opportunity to swap books at no cost.
Backspace Gallery’s community arts and culture co-ordinator Deborah Klein said the idea of the book exchange was an opportunity for people to share books that had made a difference in their lives.
“You bring a book that means something to you, that you would like to share with others. Then you take a book away that somebody else has brought,” Ms Klein said. “It’s a give-one-take-one scenario.”
Ms Klein is delighted in the feedback from book exchange users.
“There’s hardly any of the books that were originally provided. This shows people are reading through the book exchange,” she said.
Accompaning the book exchange, is a unique, handmade shelving unit encasing the books, created by artist Melina Muscat.
“Basically I tried to think outside the square, the bookcase is as bright and beautiful as the people who use it are,” Ms Muscat said.
“I was trying to make it happy and childlike. I guess that’s what I think of when I looks at book, it opens up all these worlds and ideas.”
The book exchange is open noon to 4pm, Thursdays to Sundays. For more information contact email@example.com or call 5320 5643.