Thursday, December 03, 2009

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U.K. Phone Booth World's Smallest Library. The Star: December 3, 2009

A village in southwestern England is winning awards and attention for creating one of the world's smallest libraries.

Housed in an unused red telephone booth on the village square in Westbury-sub-Mendip, the 24-hour library is "very well used," parish councillor Bob Dolby told the Star on Thursday.

About 150 donated books sit on shelves in the phone booth, along with DVDs and CDs. A red box on the floor "at children's height" holds books for kids. Villagers can take whatever they want and leave their own books in exchange.

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British Telecom recently awarded the village 35 kilometres from Bristol a {pound}500 prize in its competition for the best conversion of a red phone booth, long a symbol of Britain but now slowly being phased out by mobile phones. BT was decommissioning "thousands around the country," Dolby said.

It was the competition that inspired a village tea party during the August bank holiday where villager Janet Fisher "came up with the brilliant idea of a book exchange," Dolby said. He hammered in the shelves and the books started to arrive. READ MORE !

. . . photo from Flickr Group:
Requiem for A Red Box - John Timpson
photographers Neil McAllister, Val Corbett
London: Pyramid - 1989

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