Canice’s Kitchen adds books to the menu

Canice’s Kitchen regular Jack and community manager Carrie Deane at the new library (The Catholic Weekly/Alphonsus Fok)

A Jesuit parish that runs one of Sydney’s best drop-in spaces has launched its own library with no borrowing card or return deadline necessary. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Guests at Canice’s Kitchen, nestled underneath St Canice’s Church in Elizabeth Bay, can now browse more than 2000 titles when they come by for a complimentary hot breakfast or lunch any day of the week. It is the largest permanent installation of books available to the city’s street community.

Jack, a regular, said the “fantastic” street library has fostered healthy conversations around the indoor and al fresco dining tables.

“I love libraries, but what it does here is it gives people something bright and colourful to look at and instead of them talking about themselves and their problems they can go along here and find something interesting to read or a book that sparks a memory,” he said.

Community manager Carrie Dean said: “We created this because we were looking for a way to keep people entertained and socially connected.”

As well as the eat in and takeaway meal services for around 140 people a day who experience disadvantage and isolation, Canice’s Kitchen offers emergency crisis support, showers and toilets with free toiletries supplies, life coaching, legal help and health care including COVID and flu vaccinations.

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Food for the mind now at Canice’s Kitchen (By Marilyn Rodrigues, The Catholic Weekly

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