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An earth tremor, the 'big rain', and a book giveaway!

An earth tremor, the 'big rain', and a book giveaway!

At the end of February, Program Director Tina, Program Coordinators Cindy and Laura, and Marketing Coordinator Liz set off on a trip to the Tiwi Islands, expecting all to be smooth sailing. We were headed to Milikapiti Remote Community, to personally deliver our very first Book Supply packs of the year. The day before flying out to Tiwi, our team was going through final checks and deliveries of books when the earth shook. A tremor from an earthquake had travelled through Darwin, and was felt all the way down in Katherine! Undeterred, our team packed their bags and prepared for...

  • Posted 31 March, 2020


The Great Book Swap is back!

The Great Book Swap is back!

We are excited to announce that registrations for the Great Book Swap 2020 are now open! The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, raise much-needed funds for remote communities and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and languages. This is a popular initiative that happens in schools, workplaces, libraries, universities, book clubs – anyone can host a Great Book Swap! The idea is that a favourite book is swapped in exchange for a gold coin donation. This year marks our 10th anniversary and, with your support, we are working towards equity of opportunity so...

  • Posted 26 March, 2020


Sending books to kids who love to read

Sending books to kids who love to read

Since 2016, Women’s Safety Services of Central Australia WSSOCA) has been receiving boxes of books, gifted by our Foundation. WSSOCA is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation that assists women and children experiencing family violence. It’s based in Alice Springs, but works in four remote Indigenous communities: Hermannsburg, Yuendumu, Papunya and Ti Tree. Some of the books are placed in community safe houses or women’s shelters, where the women and children have unlimited access to them during their stay. Many of the books we supply are written by Indigenous authors, and at the safe house in Hermannsburg, which supports up to 44...

  • Posted 19 March, 2020


Registrations for Book Supply are now open!

Registrations for Book Supply are now open!

Last week, our team had a particularly special day, as the invite to order our 2020 Book Supply packs was sent to remote communities across the country! For our biggest year yet, we couldn’t just send out any books, and planning began way back in October last year for this year’s packs. Since then, our team has been hard at work, picking out interesting, colourful and dynamic books for all communities to enjoy. With expert advice from our Program staff, Board members, educators and publishing industry contacts, and, of course, feedback from the communities we work with, we finally settled...

  • Posted 09 March, 2020


Getting books to families far and wide

Getting books to families far and wide

“Kids are our future and you have to do everything you can to support them.”             — Tammy Hickey, Library Services Team Leader, Paroo Shire Council, Cunnamulla, Queensland   The library at Cunnamulla in Kunja country, 750 kilometres west of Brisbane, has been getting deliveries of books from ILF for 11 years  now. And Library Services Team Leader Tammy Hickey is as enthusiastic as ever when it comes to making sure the books are distributed not only to families living in the town but also those in the outlying communities. As soon as the books arrive, Tammy puts aside enough...

  • Posted 27 February, 2020