Ssh! Call box is a village library

Outside their phone-box library, from left Paul Ireland,  Lynn Barker, Sharron and David Cox. Photo: 8594mf.
Outside their phone-box library, from left Paul Ireland, Lynn Barker, Sharron and David Cox. Photo: 8594mf.

Villagers have found a ‘novel’ way to make use of an old phone box – by turning it 
into a library open 24 hours a day!

Little Hale Parish Council have given the disused phone box in the village, opposite Parva House, a bit of a make-over and it is now used as a pint-sized lending library.

The concept, thought up by the parish councillors, first came about around the time of The Queen’s Dimaond Jubilee, and when the phone box was no longer in use, instead of simply doing away with it, they decided to use it as a library whereby villagers can go and pop in their old unwanted books and swap it for a new one.

Parish council chairman Paul Ireland said: “We initially appealed to people to bring the old books they don’t use to establish the lending library, now we have over 200 books and we ask that people bring their unwanted books and take a new one, a straigh swap. It appears to be popular.”

Recently local people have helped to muck in to give it a brand new lick of paint and build some proper shelves to display the books.

The library is open 24/7 and the parish council have respectfully asked that peopel take care of the library and put the books back in an orderly fashion.