Wednesday, 17 March 2010

A Case Of Disappearing Books

At the beginning of last month, I told you about further ideas which the Worcester Park Station Volunteer Group had for improving the experience of using the station - one of which was the creation of a book-sharing library for commuters.

The library scheme is already up and running, but blog reader Jane has spotted that commuters seem to be a lot better at borrowing the books than returning them:

"I noticed yesterday that all the books in the bookcase had gone and as yet nobody has brought any back. 

I wondered if you could highlight this little initiative and tell everyone to bring their old and unwanted books down there and to please return them when they have finished? 

It is a community-spirited idea to try and make the environment of Worcester Park a little bit nicer - I am sure with a bit of support it will work a treat!"

Of course it could just be that we are merely a town of bookworms and all the books are being read and enjoyed and will be returned to the bookcase at the station shortly.

If you have borrowed one of the books, don't forget to return it so that other commuters can enjoy it too.

6 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Paperback Writer said...

I also noticed the lack of books, but put it down to commuters taking the books all at the same time and only having a 20minute journey into waterloo to actually read a few pages. I know it takes me a couple of weeks to read a book this way!

Anonymous said...

this idea is going to be a lot more take than give from the public, but you never know it might work, some of them may well bring them back if they remember.

Book Worm said...

Anyone got anything besides Mills & Boon?

Anonymous said...

There were about 15 to 20 books this evening (Friday) I wanted to borrow a book, but felt it wrong as I didn't have anything to put in it's place. I think this is a fantastic idea, lets all support it by bringing our unwanted books. Would it be an idea to extend it to magazines?

Not related, but am I the only person who doesn't like the smell in the waiting room - not very inviting, particularly for the coffee shop - could we persuade SWT to do something?

The Reader said...


There are similar schemes at other mainline rail stations, I know Raynes Park also does this. Perhaps the books are going on tour!?

There was a book scheme on the tube that encouraged you to leave the book on your seat for someone else to pick up and read, however most books were just cleared up with the litter.

Andrew H said...

Maybe they need to start putting books in the trains instead, on chains hanging from the bars above the seats, akin to biro's at the bank!

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