A series of themed pop-up libraries is coming to Melbourne and the first will be dedicated entirely to foodies. The Feed Your Mind library will be near Queen Vic Market at 510 Elizabeth Street. This library will feature author talks and workshops focused on good food.
“Libraries were already cool, and now we’re adding food and cooking to them – you won’t be able to keep me away. These unique, themed pop-ups will attract new members while revitalising vacant shopfronts,” said Lord Mayor Sally Capp.
Feed Your Mind Pop-Up Library
This food themed library will have 1400 brand-new books. Visitors will be encouraged to explore Queen Vic Market nearby to find fresh produce and cook up some delicious meals. There will also be events with writers and history walks.
“The first pop-up will nourish your mind with knowledge about nutrition and cooking through more than just books,” said the Lord Mayor. “Budding chefs, university students and parents with mouths to feed can all get involved with workshops and book clubs, and learn from our wonderful librarians.”
The library will also feature a Make It Space, where budding artisans and technical creators will design their projects.
“Feed Your Mind will offer an exciting opportunity for creatives to gather and hone their skill sets, with technical equipment available for everyone to use,” said Councillor Hakim. “The Make It Space will offer sewing machines, laser cutters and badge makers as well as borrowable items including robotics kits, microphones and drawing tablets.”
The Feed Your Mind library will be open until mid-2022. This is the first in a series of themed pop-up libraries. The rest of the themes will be revealed later this summer.
The pop-up library series is part of the $200 million Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, and will rejuvenate the city after two years of pandemic woes. This fund is a collaboration between the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government.
Learn more about the pop-up library series here.