Barrow Book Exchange has been set up in a former BT telephone kiosk, which was bought by the parish council for £1 in 2011 and transformed into a space to pick up and donate books and DVDs.
Ann Kronbergs, book exchange co-ordinator, said: “It was particularly encouraging to see several young mothers with their children already making use of the book exchange.”
The telephone box at the corner of the car park on Britton’s Road is where you can find the Barrow Book Exchange. Where the payphone once hung opposite the door, there are now shelves full of books for Barrow and Denham residents to borrow 24/7.
Since it was bought by the parish council from BT in 2011, the Barrow Book Exchange has been given a fresh coat of paint both inside and out. The bookshelves were designed, made and fitted by Barrow resident Colin Marshall and a fellow volunteers.
The kiosk is ideally located to provide a new focus of interest for the community and to get people talking. The book exchange scheme is easy and accessible – take a book and leave one in its place or, if you don’t have a book to replace the one you are taking, make sure you bring that one back!
Adult fiction tops the list of books kindly donated by the community so far but we have had a huge response to our appeal for children’s books. There are books for tiny tots to teenagers now and we hope to see more of them flocking to borrow them and to discard any of their own books they have now outgrown.