Taynuilt book shed open for business

Keen readers George and Emma Bannantyne celebrate the opening of the shed along with book shed initiator Marlyn Turbitt.

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Taynuilt bookworms are over the moon this week after the village’s new book shed opened following a lengthy delay.

Launched during lockdown in conjunction with Benderloch’s Bookends Book Festival, a ‘book bins’ initiative was well received in villages including Taynuilt, Connel, Kilmore and Barcaldine.

Taynuilt Bookend ambassador Marlyn Turbitt originally set up a blue recycling bin in the village with books from the bookroom for locals to browse and exchange.

This proved popular, but problems with the bin falling over and people putting rubbish in it meant Marlyn was forced to think again.

Taking up the story, she told The Oban Times: ‘I enquired about using the defunct phone box in the village and after it was acquired from BT, we were planning to adapt it for books. Then the pandemic arrived and it was decided to make it into a food bank instead. That has proved so popular it has been agreed to keep it going.

‘Taynuilt Community Council subsequently approached me about them providing a shed for the book exchange, instead of the phone box, along with some funding.’

Marlyn took them up on the offer and was delighted when Buildbase in Oban generously provided cladding wood for free.

As with all new builds, however, there were hitches along the way but earlier this month the shed was finally opened, stocked with books from the Bookends Bookroom and some donated by the people of Taynuilt.

‘We are incredibly grateful to Buildbase and Taynuilt Community Council,’ added Marlyn.

‘I was disappointed not to have it open for the village during lockdown, but it is being well used now.’

The shed will be open round the clock for anyone to browse, take away or exchange books from the large variety of adult and childrens titles on offer.

Hand sanitiser and wipes are available so the books can be kept Covid safe.

Anyone wishing to donate books should contact Marlyn, rather than leave them in the shed.

It is now hoped someone will make a Taynuilt Book Shed sign for the front door, preferably in wood with the letters either carved or burned.