November 30, 2009

A Tale to Warm Your Library Card

We can agree that the traditional red phone booths (aka, “phone boxes”) that used to be all over the United Kingdom are cool. But who uses public phones anymore? Nobody. So why not put something that is cutting edge in the booth, like say, books?

Heck, why not put in a whole library?

The residents of a small village in Somerset have done just that. When their “Giles Gilbert Scott K6 design phone box” was threatened with demolition, the 800 people of Westbury-sub-Mendip defended its honor by buying the box and converting it to a lending library. A local councilor says, “This facility has turned a piece of street furniture into a community service in constant use.” He's not kidding; the library is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. (Collect calls not accepted.)

Ooh, here's another way to get books to the people: The Library Bike!

Top photo from the BBC.co.uk, second from SWNS.com, third from parts unknown.

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