Community book swap to be launched in Pulham St Mary

Villagers are being urged to share their favourite book with neighbours by taking part in a new community book swap scheme.

Officials at the Pennoyer Centre, in Pulham St Mary, have been inspired by communities that have turned redundant red phone boxes into mini libraries and will launch the book swap project next weekend.

A basic stock of around 100 good condition books are already in place at the community centre in the south Norfolk village and residents are being urged to get involved when it is officially launched on Saturday, September 8. People are being urged to bring in a book they love and exchange it with one in stock.

Kath Jones, book swap coordinator and Pennoyer Centre trustee, said it began when she started having a book clear out at home and friends and neighbours contributed to the swap stock.

She said they were looking for good quality fiction, non-fiction and children's books and organisers are encouraging participants to write a review of the titles they read.

'It is a way of doing something in the community and some people are not able to get to Harleston or Long Stratton to use the library. The book swap will be very laid back,' she said.

The book swap will be launched between 10.45am and 2.30pm on September 8 at the Pennoyer Centre.

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