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Call for volunteers to help transform phone kiosk in Barrow into book exchange

Residents in Barrow are helping to convert the old phone box into a book exchange. ANL-150127-152821009
Residents in Barrow are helping to convert the old phone box into a book exchange. ANL-150127-152821009

A West Suffolk village has placed a call for volunteers to help give a former phone box a new lease of life as a book exchange.

Villagers in Barrow are converting the former BT telephone kisok, which was bought by the parish council for £1 in 2011, into a space to pick up and donate books and DVDs.

Ann Kronbergs, volunteer book exchange co-ordinator, is appealing for volunteers to help renovate the box with the aim of getting it up and running by Easter.

She said it will provide a much needed community facility following cuts to the mobile library service, which now visits Barrow just once a month.

Mrs Kronbergs, who is a teacher on sabbatical from the British School of Brussels, said: “I have already received donations of books and materials for the project and a volunteer carpenter has come forward. Now, I’m looking to build on this core team to carry forward the practical tasks in hand.”

She already has about 200 titles but is looking for DVDs as well as children’s books. They are also appealing for a student to help them set up a Facebook page.

Mrs Kronbergs said the exchange would be accessible 24/7 throughout the year and will be lit up at night.

Parish Cllr Sarah Chrisp led the initiative to purchase the kiosk for the community.

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