The book swap, which was opened with the support by the Parish Council in March 2016, continues to thrive. Approximately 15 to 20 visitors a week come into the book swap. They either come to change their books or to have a cup of tea or coffee and sample a slice of homemade cake. It is also a meeting place where visitors can chat and catch up on village news. There is a notice board where various events can be displayed.
The books on the shelves are regularly changed to ensure that visitors have a good selection to choose from. The children’s section is also becoming more popular and we are always looking for more good quality children’s’ books.
St Mary’s School has also visited the book swap this year and we were delighted that all the children enjoyed the experience. They participated in a story time and were able to take one or more books home with them. The book swap is very happy that we are able to have this collaboration with our local school and we hope that we will have many more visits from the pupils.
If you wish to visit the book swap it is open every Wednesday morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm and on the first Saturday of the month from 9.30am to 12.30pm. We look forward to seeing you.
Christmas Tree Festival
At the beginning of December 2017 the Book Swap entered a Christmas tree into the Christmas Tree Festival which was held at St Mary’s Church, North Mymms. The theme was journeys and with the help of one of the visitors to the book swap the tree was covered in paper ornaments each representing a book with “journey” in the title.
Visitors to the festival were asked to choose their favourite three trees from all those that were displayed and although our tree did not make it into the top three, we were very pleased with our efforts and happy that we were able to take part.