Monday, December 7, 2009

Phone Booth Library

This is creative. Conceived by a local resident of a small town in southern England as a way to save a bit of history while satisfying the curious minds of the township, the classic bright red phone booth was recycled into what has now become one of the country’s smallest libraries. Other residents helped to install shelves and stock them with books that they've read, with the opportunity of swapping them out for ones they've not. It is more like a used book exchange. Soon the library is filled with over 100 choices, including DVDs and CDs. On top of that, It is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, without no attendee to manage it, and even lit at night for those who want a book to curl up with before dozing off. How sweet!

Believe it or not ? This scrapped phone booth was purchased from British Telecom (BT) for a mere £1. with the advent of mobile communications, phone booths have gradually been eliminated. In order to preserve a modicum of things nostalgic, BT is in fact encouraging the community to adopt the old phone booths. Now 350 have already found new lives as art installations, showers and even public toilets.

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