Villagers box clever with books for kiosk
THE empty village telephone kiosk in Box has been given a new lease of life as a library.
Pop into the traditional bright red phone box in the pretty village near Minchinhampton and there's more reading material than simply a telephone book.
The public pay phone may no longer be fitted inside the distinctive red kiosk on the village green but people can pick up a novel or autobiography instead.
The mini-library is the idea of Box resident Carolyn Dolan.
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"I got some shelves and opened the mini-library," she said.
"Anyone can help themselves and bring in books whcih they don't want. It's a very simple idea."
She added: "If it's a success we might expand to children's books.
"It's only been there a few weeks but it is certainly being used."
Box Village Association bought the telephone box from telecommunications giants BT for £1.
"It was such an integral part of the village we thought we would like to keep it," said Carolyn.
"The mobile library doesn't come here any more and there are quite a few elderly people in the village, so hopefully it will be well used."
After the phone was removed by BT in 2008 after only 30 calls were made from it in the previous year. It then housed a village map.