Get lost in a good book at the beach

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Broome Public Library staff member Shane Hughes handed out free novels as Broome Beach Books kicked off last Wednesday.
Camera IconBroome Public Library staff member Shane Hughes handed out free novels as Broome Beach Books kicked off last Wednesday. Credit: Jakeb Waddell

Libraries and beaches may be two settings you don’t associate with one another, but in Broome they make for the perfect combination.

The Broome Public Library celebrated Library and Information Week last week by bringing the popular Broome Beach Books concept back to Cable Beach, which will run each Wednesday until October 4.

Library worker Shane Hughes gave away nearly 50 books to people at the top of the Cable Beach stairs at the rebirth of the program last Wednesday.

Shire of Broome library coordinator Sally Eaton encouraged residents to get involved in the concept.

“People are invited to take a book, read it at their leisure wherever they want, and return it to either the library or the beach and swap for another beach book,” she said. “There are no due dates or fines — it’s like a library without walls, so if you were hesitant to take our regular library books to the beach, why not grab one of our special beach books and enjoy them anywhere?”

The Broome Public Lib-rary hopes to raise the pro-file of libraries and infor-mation service profession-als in Australia and showcase the varied resources that libraries provide to the community.

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