Friday, April 16, 2010

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's...a library

For the princely sum of £1 a blip on the British map built itself a library. 
The parish council of Westbury-sub-Mendip, Somerset, bought a red phone booth, the village residents hammered in a few wooden shelves, donated some books and voila - there you have it. A fully operating library. Open 24 hours a day (complete with light switch), titles from the Classics to cookbooks to kids books, and a reputation that has earned a following far and wide across England's greenest pastures.
After the county grapevine went into overdrive, Pommy telecommunication company BT received 770 applications from communities wanting to 'adopt a kiosk'.
Not since Superman has the humble phone booth promised such magic.

* Photos from The Daily Mail