Tuesday, June 01, 2010

British Ingenuity at its Finest


Nothing stops these people from the small village of Westbury-sub-Mendip in Somerset in the U.K. from having their very own library!

Yes, it's in an old phone booth. Who'd have thunk it!

I absolutely adore it!

13 comments:

  1. Somerset is a county. The village is Westbury-sub-Mendip (what a splendidly strange English name!). I was wondering how something so small could possibly be a library and the answer is it's actually a sort of swap-shop. People deposit a book they've already read and take one they haven't read. Very ingenious.

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  2. Now would I not wish to miss one single book in my shelves, but this is just lovely an idea.
    I'd not even mind to be the librarian.

    More amazing I find to see so many people queuing. Never mind, though, if the photo has been staged or not.

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  3. Love those old telephone boxes - they bring on a bout of nostalgia! Liofe before the infernal cellphone. Super idea the villagers had!

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  4. Thanks Nick:
    Correction made, I've been to Somerset but missed this little village obviously. I would love to incorporate such an idea locally here....
    Sean:
    Yes, the crowd does look a little Stepford Wife-ish alright, but it sure doesn't detract from the idea. Can I be your library assistant?
    Twain:
    I even thought if one could get a disused phonebox what other great ideas would be possible?
    XO
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  5. T:
    Yes, there is something wonderful about those dear obsolete boxes, I love to see repurposing!
    XO
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  6. I have seen these old phone boxes on sale over the years, It is good to this one being put to good use. Alas here, the books would not last a day never mind a week without being taken or vandalised.

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  7. GM:
    I'd love one of these boxes to lend out my books to my small village. It's the big centres, unfortunately, where the few can spoil it for so many.
    XO
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  8. that is absolutely adorable. god love the brits.

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  9. looking at the length of the queue those folks deserve a larger library.

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  10. We don't have phone booths anymore due to vandalism. I love this idea, though. It would only work in a small village in England.

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  11. Laurie:
    Yes, there is something totally British about this!
    GFB:
    Ah but you're forgetting the social aspect of the whole thing - new book clubs being formed, babysitting bartering, etc.!
    Nora:
    I know, when will we be without our postboxes too?
    XO
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