Gordonton’s Book Box is now open for business, and is taking – and giving – books for all.
Number 8 Network’s Annette Taylor fell in love with the idea of a community book exchange while visiting an Auckland cafe and decided Gordonton needed one.
This explains why N8N has been a tad quiet over the Christmas break – “Husband David got the job of building the thing, and if I didn’t keep an eye on him he’d be off mowing the lawns or digging the garden. It’s hard work supervising.”
It all came together beautifully out of old pieces of plywood and was put in place yesterday between the Gordonton Superette and The Mandarin Tree.
“The idea is for people to help themselves to a book, and drop one or two off for others. As it says on the side, it runs on generosity. It will be interesting to see what turns up,” says Annette.
Book exchanges have been popping up at bus stations, cafes, backpackers and the like all around the world. They include modified shipping containers, old phone booths and fridges, book shelves, suitcases – anything that can be a home to literature.
“It’s lovely to see people walking around with their nose in a book,” says Annette, a lifelong bibliophile.
The Gordonton Book Box also received artistic input from Rosie Campbell and Iris Riddell, who decorated the box with style and grace, as well as Osborne the N8N pukeko.
Thanks guys. Let the reading begin!