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Youth Town Council to launch a community book swap project

Some of our Youth Council reps Joey,17, Isla, 16, and Elliot, 17 (pictured l-r) have been sharing their favourite books this World Book Day. This is ahead of a community book swap project they are getting close to launching in Weymouth town centre.

Isla said: “We thought of an idea to have a community book swap facility in the town centre. We found out an old telephone box was going to be taken away by BT, and now the Council has adopted it from them.

“The idea is to have books in it so people can take a book but also leave a book for someone else to read.”

Elliot said: “It’s great that we’re having a say about changes in the town. Now we’ve got a proper channel [through the Youth Council] we’ve got a proper voice.”

“I feel proud about the project. Nervous and proud at the same time,” Joey added.

The book swap will be available on the corner of St Thomas Street at a later date but for now the group shared some of their favourite reads.

Isla recommends A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson because ‘it kept me on my toes, and there’s lots of twists and turns’. Elliot prefers history books that are educational, covering subjects like 20th Century history, over fictional novels. And Joey enjoyed reading Cinderella is Dead. It’s by Kalynn Bayron whose main character is a teenager living in the same world as Cinderella, 200 years after her death.

Further details about the book swap facility will be announced at a later date.