A community has officially launched a book exchange which has been set up in a former phone box.
Local author and garden historian Caroline Holmes cut the ribbon at the Barrow Book Exchange after reading a brief extract from Alice in Wonderland.
It has been set up in a former BT telephone kiosk, which was bought by the parish council for £1 in 2011 and transformed into a space to pick up and donate books and DVDs.
Ann Kronbergs, book exchange co-ordinator, said: “It was particularly encouraging to see several young mothers with their children already making use of the book exchange.”
She thanked Sarah Crisp, who persuaded the parish council to buy the kiosk; the volunteers who gave it a fresh coat of paint; Colin Marshall for erecting and fitting shelves and residents who contributed books.
Mrs Kronbergs hopes to organise a number of book-themed events around the exchange in the coming months.