The Little Local Book Hub announced in October the opening of its flagship permanent Book Hub in Eastcote, Pinner.
When the Little Local Book Hub launched in the spring of 2020, it was a simple concept: a box of books on a driveway, local people swapping books at a time when the country was locked down due to COVID-19 and people were unable to access books from shops, libraries and schools.
The number grew to more than 30 hubs, but as the summer came to an end, a decision had to be made whether to shut or continue.
While some closed down, the resourceful volunteers at a number of hubs decided to crowdfund to raise money for weatherproof units, and one of these was Miriam Chinnick, who had her heart set on an old red BT telephone box.
Miriam successfully raised £1,500 which paid for buying and fitting out a phone box which had originally been in the lobby of a London hotel.
Monique Herkshorn, co-founder of The Little Local Book Hub, said: “The Little Eastcote Book Hub in a red phone box is book swapping at its finest.”
The new Hub has already attracted the attention of many locals, who are excited that their book swapping can continue through the winter and beyond.
“All the other Hubs are a little envious,” admitted co-founder Sarah Burns, who runs the Edgware Broadfields Hub.