The Parish council has received a detailed letter from Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) explaining that they are currently in the process of renewing arrangements for the provision of vehicles to be used within the Mobile Library Service, as the current vans are coming to the end of the lease agreement between the service providers Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) and LCC.
The salient points for readers in this village are:
smaller vans, more suitable for narrow lanes
vans will be more environmentally friendly
books will be selected to match the interests of customers along particular routes
books may be ordered in advance
there’s no intention to move the stops that are served but the service providers may need to review the days or times of the stops, to meet mileage regulations
Due to the very generous donations of books from friends and residents of the village for the book exchange, the entire library in the telephone box has now been replaced in readiness for the summer. We now have many new titles and favourite classics, together with two full shelves of children’s books for the Nursery, School and visiting children to pick up on their way to and from home.
The telephone box itself is scheduled to have a spring clean, with a internal vacuum and a new coat of red paint on the outside when the weather improves. Continue reading →
BBC Radio Lincolnshire programme Pirate Gold visited our telephone box last Sunday as one of the clues of their treasure hunt around Lincolnshire. They had previously visited Beckingham, Leadenham and Tattershall College before solving the very difficult clue of “books in red box” when they arrived in Kirkby.
They just had time to discuss how obsolete red phone boxes we being converted in to many things : art galleries, libraries etc., before solving clue 5 and shooting off. They finished up at Ashby Puerorum with 40 seconds to spare! Very good programming !
Their visit was short but sweet but at least Kirkby got some good publicity.
We have had a good uptake of children’s books from the Telephone Box during the summer holidays, so if you have any surplus books you think other children would enjoy, could you please put them on the lower shelves in the box? Thanks very much. Continue reading →
I recently posted a reply to a tweet by Visit Lincolnshire extolling the virtues of a phone box book exchange in another village, just pointing out that we had one too. Lo-and-behold we now have a page of our own on their website. Here’s the blurb:
“The iconic red phone box has seen a resurgence and never more so than in the village of Kirkby on Bain. Lovingly refurbished by a hard-working community, it has been converted into a free book exchange. Drop off those titles cluttering up the bookshelf at home and uncover new ones you might have missed. Recycled colour-washed pallet wood was used for the shelves and information board. A local book group stocked the shelves. A couple of large logs from the churchyard are outside as bus stop style seats.”
Following a very successful uptake at the telephone box this summer, the stock of all books is somewhat depleted. In particular we need children’s books, from Toddler right up to Teenager. So if you have read books that you or your family have enjoyed please drop them off at the box for others to do the same. Thanks so much for your help