Book Swap at the Coffee Shop
Two charities – one worldwide and one local – are to benefit from bookworms who patronise the Ropery Coffee Shop in Barton upon Humber.
For the last couple of weeks patrons of the coffee shop have been able to donate, swap or simply buy books at a dedicated bookshelf.
The Ropewalk’s managing director Liz Bennet explained that the initial suggestion for a “book swap” shelf had come from a customer.
“I immediately thought of all the books I have collected at home that have been read once and then put aside and I knew among our staff that there were others who would welcome the opportunity to de-clutter their own book shelves,” she said.
So the book shelves were set up next to the Heritage Corridor and within days were proving to be a hit.
“It really is simple – either donate old books, swap them for something you’d love to read or just simply buy,” Liz went on.
“The idea is to recycle all those novels that you’ve read over the years but would probably not want to read again and give someone else the chance to enjoy them.”
There is a suggested donation of £1 and all the money raised will be divided between Water Aid and the local children’s charity, ST-ART.
“We started supporting Water Aid, which enables the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and improved hygiene, in 2007 by taking part in its Knit A River campaign and have been raising money throughout this year to finance the construction of a school sanitation block,” she said.
“And at The Ropewalk we continue to support ST-ART, the creative charity which facilitates young people’s creative activities throughout North Lincolnshire during the school holidays,” Liz continued.
Furthermore, in a response to a second customer suggestion the Coffee Shop now offers a free Wi-Fi connection so customers can enjoy a quality coffee or tea along with a freshly made cake while checking your laptop for important emails.