Libraries ACT and volunteer knitters have today celebrated the completion of Canberra's longest bookmark project, an ACT National Year of Reading initiative.
"Earlier this year, keen volunteers were invited to get knitting, with the intention of creating a bookmark that equals the distance between Dickson and Civic Library – that's just over four kilometres or a total of 19,381 bookmarks (21cm long x 6cm wide)!" said Karen Hansen, Acting Director, Libraries ACT.
"The project ended up being a huge success with a total of 24,500 bookmarks being received. This equates to 367.5 kilometres of wool!
"There was a significant contribution from the local community, but also from afar with contributions sent from as far away as London and Germany. Interstate knitting groups and people from small country towns like Bendigo, Goulburn and Marulan also participated, as well as those from major cities such as Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney.
"It has also been wonderful to see that people with personal challenges such as Parkinson's disease, MS, arthritis or on bed rest have also been able to take part in this community project," she said.
Volunteers are now being sought to help sew the bookmarks into blankets which will be donated to a local charity in 2013.
To find out how you can volunteer to create the blankets, visitwww.library.act.gov.auor call 6205 9000.
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