In the waiting room at Worcester Park station, the Worcester Park Station Volunteer Group have organised a “book swap library”.

Users of the station are invited to take a book, enjoy reading it and then replace it when finished. People with any old books they no longer need can leave them on the bookshelf for others to read.

The Worcester Park Station Volunteer Group have produced a sign to explain the concept. Look, they’ve used Calibri:

Here is the Worcester Park Station Book Swap Library:

Here is a sample of the top shelf selection of books:

From left to right:

  • The Doorstep Girls by Valerie Wood
  • How To Study by Harry Maddox
  • Always There by Pamela Evans
  • something by Edith Pargeter
  • The Au Pair And Nanny’s Guide to Working Abroad by Susan Griffith & Sharon Legg
  • Harden’s UK Restaurants 2004
  • Letting Go by Ann Richardson and Jane Ritchie
  • Before I Say something by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Lonestar Sanctuary by someone or other
  • something Tower by someone
  • something by Beryl
  • something by Danielle Steel

Here is a sample of the second row of books:

From left to right:

  • The Gripes Of Wrath by Simon Carr
  • Season Of Passion by someone
  • Driving by the Department Of something
  • The Country Canal by Ronald something
  • There’s Always Tomorrow by Pam Weaver
  • I, Judas by Taylor Caldwell and Jess Stearn
  • After The Fire by Belva Plain
  • Methods Of Social Research by Stacey something
  • something And Administrative Law by someone Smith

As I passed through the station the other day, I noticed a small note taped to the bookcase:


When I saw this letter, I thought it was one of the loveliest things I’d seen in a long time. A group of volunteers had decided to set up a book swap in their local train station. They did this for the simple reason that they thought it was a nice thing to do. Someone else saw the book swap, and donated a book to the library – “It’s Your Time” by Joel Osteen. Then, a third party came along, saw the book on the shelf, took it home, read it and was so moved she wrote a letter and taped it to the bookcase.

It was a beautiful illustration of human co-operation I thought. I posted a photo of the letter to Twitter. “Lovely letter taped to the book swap shelf at Worcester Park station” I tweeted.

The response? People pointed out the spelling mistakes in the letter.


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