IS this the future for library services in outer areas of Warrington?
The book exchange scheme for the tiny village of Hatton is run by the parish council in a former telephone box outside the Hatton Arms pub.
Similar ideas have been put forward for areas like Grappenhall and Great Sankey, where the borough council has decided to close branch libraries at the end of March.
The scheme works well at Hatton, with local residents borrowing and returning books.
Few, if any, cases of theft have been reported.
Library chiefs are now exploring the possibility of using other types of premises for similar schemes.
Appleton Parish Council is to investigate if the foyer of the parish hall, on Dudlow Green Road, could be used.
Councillors there are concerned about the loss of the Mobile Library – also to be axed at the end of March.
They point out that the mobile library is more heavily used at Appleton than anywhere else in the borough.
Its loss will be felt particularly hard by pensioners, mothers with young children and the housebound.
Volunteers will be sought to help run book exchange schemes.
At Grappenhall, two have already come forward – one of them a former librarian.
Pictured: passersby browse through the books in the phone box at Hatton – possibly the smallest “library” in Britain.
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