Telephone box library raided
There was a serious theft from the Telephone box library probably overnight on Friday night, June 22. Both plastic boxes full of books were taken from the floor; this means that the children’s section and the thrillers are both gone. Also the middle of the bottom shelf was devoid of books as if someone had pulled out as many as they could and taken them along with the boxes.
I am very disheartened and worried. I am hoping that this, at best, was opportunistic (and not planned) by someone from elsewhere driving through the village and liking the look of the box and the books. Obviously all the books can be replaced;
We’ll just have to try again and hope it is an isolated incident, I guess.
If anyone saw or heard anything, please call David Martin from the Parish Council on 845995. And please can everyone keep an eye out to ensure that our telephone box library isn't being abused.
Also, more contributions of children’s books only would be appreciated.
Mary Palazzo June 25
Using the Little Shelford Telephone Library
The phone box on the High Street has been turned into a mini-lending library for the residents of Little Shelford. It as a community service that it is being managed by a group of volunteers.
Mary Palazzo, the inspiration behind the phonebox library, was "Highly Commended" in the South Cambridgeshire Start Art award for her work in April 2012.
The phonebox library featured in the Cambridge News on July 19 2011. http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/Phone-box-library-is-seeing-loads-of-interested-callers-19072011.htm
Here’s how it works:
Bring along a book of any sort; it might be a children’s book, a cookery book a DIY manual, a novel or a biography or any sort of book you think villagers might like to read.
Then have a look at the books on offer (The children’s books are in the book-box on the floor).
When you’ve found a book that you wish to ‘borrow’, by all means do so and be sure to leave a book of your own in its place. Obviously if you take two books….then please leave two books of your own in exchange.
We will keep an eye on which books don’t seem to be so popular and if this is the case we will remove them and donate them to a charity shop. In this way, we hope to keep the stock of books fresh and interesting.
The best way you can help us to do this is to borrow books from the box regularly.
And finally, for really popular books, if you see a book you fancy reading one time you visit and the next time it’s gone, make a note on the Post-it pad and stick it on the window asking for it to be returned as soon as the last borrower has finished reading it (in other words ‘swopped back into stock’) so that you can get your hands on it. That way the person who borrowed it will know that it is in some demand.
Mary Palazzo (pictured above with the library)
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