Tuesday 19 September 2017

Ring the changes: phone booth transformed into library

Lily Murphy, Mia Kenny, Sam Walsh, Chloe O’Neill and Jessica Sheehan at the library kiosk in Knockananna, Co Wicklow. Picture: Michael Kelly
Lily Murphy, Mia Kenny, Sam Walsh, Chloe O’Neill and Jessica Sheehan at the library kiosk in Knockananna, Co Wicklow. Picture: Michael Kelly
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A village's beloved vintage phone box has been reborn as a miniature library.

An iconic green and white Telefón box graced the centre of Knockananna in west Wicklow for decades. However, in 2009 it was removed for "health and safety reasons".

It was so sorely missed by locals that they have created a replica phone booth that doubles up as 24-hour library.

"The Telefón box was the first phone and a focal point of the village," said Kathleen Monaghan (63). "It had been there forever."

The interior of the box is fitted with six bookshelves from which readers can peruse a wide selection of titles.

Children from the local national school are even ditching their devices - albeit temporarily - and sharpening their reading skills, Kathleen said.

"The kids are thrilled with it," she said of the children's section.

Irish Independent

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