A vintage telephone box turns into a library and book exchange in the village of Bassetlaw
Across the UK, vintage red telephone boxes are being converted into micro libraries and book exchanges.
The K6 box was designed in 1935 by British designer and architect Sir Giles GIlbert Scott, and was the sixth version of the telephone box to be found on the streets of the UK.
The Blyth Bandstand was set up in the village in the 1950s.
Residents of the village have donated hundreds of books and stocks will replenish themselves as visitors to the phone booth will be able to select a book to take home and read provided they return one.
April Hayman, Project Manager and Blyth resident, said: “I am so happy to have recently been able to refurbish our old BT phone box in exchange for books.
“What a wonderful example of reuse for the phone booth and the books.
“It gives residents of all ages, who may not be able to get to council-run libraries, a way to enjoy all the benefits of reading.
“All the hard work and effort has been so worthwhile because I’m keen to give back to the community I love and I’ve found that very rewarding as well.”
A whole community project. I have already had positive comments and the box was visited today and books exchanged which makes me so happy.
The Blyth Village Book Exchange is now open for business and is located in the heart of the village.
She added, “I offered to paint the phone booth myself and fill the shelves with donated books that the villagers generously provided to me.
“It’s been quite a community project. I’ve had so many positive comments about it, and the box has already been visited today with swapped books, which makes me so happy.”