A Tarvin resident visiting the United States was impressed by a Community Book Exchange that was operating in an American town. "Could the idea be replicated in Tarvin?" was the question posed to the Parish Council at their meeting on Monday (25th)
Book swapping has gained quite a following in recent years in many countries. As no money changes hands there are no problems with copyright or other legal issues. They are not uncommon in places like railway stations, youth hostels, and airports. It can even be done on-line. Many people have books to spare and many hate throwing them away, so schemes such as these allow unwanted volumes to be sent on their way with a clear conscience.
There are a number of issues that would need to be considered, the cost of such a book store, the location and the management of it, however 'lite touch' this might be. Perhaps the major issue in Tarvin however is the fact that we do have a very lively and well used Library at the Community Centre. Given the pressures on public spending at the moment, the viability of this much loved local resource should be considered.
The Parish Council would like your views. Should they investigate this further? Please contact the Clerk on 01829 741075 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call any Councillor. (Phone numbers are in the Tarvin Times newsletter)
Or, make use of the Tarvinonline or their Facebook page to add your comments. They will get to the Parish Council who will respond to them.