29 April 2021 

The Templestowe World of Learning is inspiring literary joy with a new Community Corner complete with a little library and wooden bench.

Designed and created by Kai Menzies, a Box Hill TAFE furniture design student the intention of the little library and wooden bench is to inspire minds and encourage learning.  

Shelley Jacobson, Templestowe World of Learning Centre Manager said they wanted to deliver a community project for some time and Manningham’s Placemaking funding was the perfect way to make this a reality.

Shelley said the children’s reaction to the community corner was sheer delight.

“The children love it. As soon as they saw it they rushed to sit on the bench and explore all the books in the little library.”

Parents, grandparents and passers’ by are also enjoying the literary space.

“Some of the parents have even taken ownership of the bench seat, saying it should be named after them! We will set up a book exchange so everyone in the community can come and enjoy the little library space.

“We also like the fact the chair and library were built by a local student who has used his skills to benefit the whole community. 

“What he has created for us is absolutely beautiful and the children just love it."

The project was funded under Manningham's Placemaking Expression of Interest (EOI) program. 

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