Children lend a hand to Banbury Phonebox Library

Child First Nursery, Banbury donating books to the phonebox library. Staff, left, Leanne Evans and right, Emma Jones, with some of the children. NNL-150408-101809009
Child First Nursery, Banbury donating books to the phonebox library. Staff, left, Leanne Evans and right, Emma Jones, with some of the children. NNL-150408-101809009

A Banbury nursery has donated 16 children’s books to the town’s new phonebox library to help make it more family-friendly.

After visiting the iconic red telephone box on South Bar last week, children at Child First Nursery on Horse Fair were disappointed to see there was no books for children.

But along with staff at the nursery, they made the short walk to the phonebox library to donate books including Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood.

Amy Ames, nursery manager, said: “The children have been talking about this magical box as many pass it on route to nursery so we felt that this was a learning opportunity that could not be missed.

“Our children are now waiting in anticipation for someone else to leave books which they may be interested in borrowing. At first the children were a bit hesistant to leave books however once we explained the idea they left excited and asked if we could come back and check what we had been left.”

The phonebox library sits outside St John’s RC Church and was the idea of an anonymous person last year to help spread the love of reading across the town. It was well received by residents living in Banbury before telecommunications giant BT served it an eviction notice.

But the ending was a happy one as an agreement was reached between BT and Banbury Town Council, and with some help from Hawkins Steel Ltd, a new separate phonebox library was installed next to the original one last month.

And since the children visited the phonebox last week to donate the books, they discovered all the children’s books have now gone.

Mrs Ames added: “Hopefully these books are being read by children all across Banbury. We are now hoping to raise awareness to the families in Banbury that we have added to the collection as we really want the box to be suitable for everyone in our community.”