New book exchange opens in Warton

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today said he was delighted to see books back on the shelves when he officially opened a new book exchange.

The Member of Parliament attended the event at the Old Library on Lytham Road and called the project a shining example of community initiative, imagination and co-operation.

The building has stood empty for a number of years since it was closed by Lancashire County Council, but the shelves are now once again bursting with donated books.

Generous donations have been received from BAE Warton and dozens of members of the community.

Mr Menzies said: “I was delighted to be asked to open the new book exchange as libraries are often the cornerstone of our communities and the one in Warton was sadly missed after it closed.

“This is a great example of people working together in an imaginative way to provide a service which had not been on offer before.”

The exchange caters for all ages and tastes with books, videos and DVDs on offer.

Readers can borrow three books for three weeks before returning them and choosing another three to take home and enjoy.

There is no charge and readers fill in a simple form which they then keep.

It is possible to make a small donation to cover running costs but this is not compulsory.

A toy library is also being built up on site and there are plans in the pipeline for a monthly story-telling session for youngsters at the venue.

But the organisers still need more help to ensure the service succeeds.

They need more people to come and borrow items and volunteers to join the team to run the exchange on a rota basis.

Anyone who can help should drop into the Old Library and leave their details with one of the staff on duty.

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