Little Libraries

This tiny library is at Macandrew Bay on the Otago Peninsula, near Dunedin, New Zealand. The locality is special, a small community right by the Otago Harbour. Handy to the city but separate, and not too far out on the Peninsula. We went there Jan 18 in search of their library (which we found) but I also found this little cutie as well!ย  Click on the photo to enlarge


Behind the tiny library is one of my favourite native plants, the purple form of akeake with winged fruit capsules that make it appear to be in flower. In sunshine this plant is gorgeous – the light brings out all the colour variations in the foliage.

Purple akeake or Dodonaea viscosa ‘Purpurea’. Growing info: HERE


When we went to the “proper” library there was a newspaper clipping on the noticeboard showing lots of tiny libraries in Dunedin, most identified as being a Lilliput Library. I asked Nigel to take a photo..ย  Click on the photo to enlarge


Text by Liz, photos by Liz and Nigel; Exploring Colour (2019)

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    1. Really nice to “meet” you Suzanne and I’ve just followed your blog. You got a great photo of the leather tank at the Dunedin exhibition – much better than mine so when/if I do a post about it, I’ll put in a link to your post!

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    1. Each one I find is like a little treasure. I don’t see them around much, just on trips away to Dunedin, also I have one I haven’t posted yet taken when we visited Oamaru.

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      1. I hadn’t seen the sign, but have just looked at your link now – cool! That would be a really popular sign in Scotland. (And I like the shadow too – they can make great photos, so I’m always on the lookout for good ones.)

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        1. The Scotch thistle is a nasty prickly weed here so it was startling to see a sculptural one in such a prominent position holding a sign. I guess the owner of that business is proud of their Scottish origins – I can’t think of any other reason to display a thistle!

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  1. Itโ€™s always nice to see little libraries. We have a few within walking distance of our apartment building in Winnipeg. In fact, we started one in the lobby of our building. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ“–

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  2. I think this “tiny library” movement is a great idea. I’ve even seen some re-purposed phone boxes. It did make me smile, though, to see this cute little cabinet, with Dean Koontz front & center, who I think of as primarily a horror writer.

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