To me, what matters is the doing, and giving time is far more valuable than just giving money.”

Words from Donald Trump’s book Trump, The Art of the Deal left at the BBE recently, close to the date of the US Presidential election. A Donald Trump from thirty years ago stares out from the front cover, prophetically wearing a red tie. Like him or loathe him, it’s hard to put the book down:“I like thinking big. I always have. To me, it’s very simple: if you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big. Most people think small…”

So according to Trump, thinkers come in small, medium or large sizes, like t-shirts or baseball caps?

Not all BBE books are so provocative. Romance and detective fiction, non-fiction books on subjects such as gardening, cookery or computing, biographies and autobiographies: the list goes on. Since the call went out in the summer for more children’s books the stock on offer has grown and there are Ladybird books, board books and a variety of large-scale non-fiction books. There are many keen, young readers who enjoy discovering new books on the lower shelves.

On 17th and 18th December the BBE will be taking part in the Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints Church and we would like to invite all our supporters to look out for the book exchange-themed tree.

Finally, many thanks to everyone who has given and exchanged books at the BBE in 2016. If you’re interested to see pictures of the life and times of the BBE please click on the following link: www.facebook.com/barrowbookexchange. We welcome pictures and posts from all visitors.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Reading in the New Year.

Ann Kronbergs

December 2016