Thursday, 11 May 2017

The Blue Phone Box Library



You may remember a picture I posted some time ago (here), showing a little free library box that the Hirst Wood Regeneration Group had provided for local children beside the playground. Children were invited to borrow books and return them later, or replace them with another. It proved very successful and early incidents of vandalism were successfully dealt with by some great work by the police and local community. Recently, an old phone box has been acquired, painted and converted. It is able to hold many more books. It is now open and looks great. When I went past, there were several children using it on their way home from school. I have to say that the Regeneration Group are doing a wonderful job on the small Hirst Wood estate, which is adjacent to Saltaire but has always been a bit of an overlooked and relatively deprived area. So great to have good news stories to report.

6 comments:

  1. There are several phone-boxes-converted-to-libraries in our area. Pretty soon people will wonder what those mini-libraries used to be used for!

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  2. What a brilliant idea Jenny, especially for the kids in this area. How cool would it be if the phone box was a bit like the TARDIS when people stepped in ☺

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  3. This sort of thing seems to be happening worldwide. Wonderful!

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  4. What a wonderful re-use of the old telephone booth!

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