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Saturday, 3rd August, 2019

(From left) Taylor Lacey (front), Jake Lacey, Spencer Lacey and Alycia Lacey in front of their new book swap stop out the front of their station, ‘Pine View.’ PICTURE: Supplied (From left) Taylor Lacey (front), Jake Lacey, Spencer Lacey and Alycia Lacey in front of their new book swap stop out the front of their station, ‘Pine View.’ PICTURE: Supplied

By Callum Marshall

A ‘take a book, leave a book’ initiative has just been set by the Lacey family at Pine View station, 180km north of Broken Hill.

Alycia Lacey said the family decided to set up a book swap at the front of the property after her sons Taylor and Spencer came across one in Popiltah, halfway between Broken Hill and Wentworth.

“They just loved it,” she said. “They grabbed a book out of it each and put in one of theirs.

“They brought it up a few times and asked if we could do one. So I thought, ‘why not?’ We’ve got plenty of old fridges and stuff out here.

“At our boundary gate, as you come into our property from the Broken Hill direction, we have this little display that looks like an old little house.

“It has ‘Pine View’ on it and our welcome sign.

“We’ve put an old, rusty fridge down next to that (with the books.)

“I’ve had a quick look through my bookshelf and asked a couple of neighbours and they’re willing to donate just a couple of books each. There’s a variety in there for when people do have a look.

“I thought it’d be a good opportunity as we do have a lot of tourists travel through our road up to Cameron’s Corner.” 

Alycia said the family had already put in a few of their books and magazines to get the book swap going.

“There’s your typical girlie romances, a crime book and we put in a couple of the kids’ colouring and story books,” she said.

“It was the kids’ idea, they wanted to grab a few kids’ stories and put them in there too.

“We’ve also put in a few old magazines, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Style, those sort of magazines.

“Neighbours or tourists that travel through might find something they’re interested in reading.

“And if you find something fancy and don’t have anything to replace it with that’s fine, but the idea is to keep replacing the books if you have anything to leave.”

With the family’s book swap initiative getting a good early response on the Corner Country Facebook page, Alycia said there was a possibility it could link up with other book swaps in the area as well. 

“I saw a comment from a man on that Corner Country (Facebook post) saying that he purposefully carries around different magazines and books to leave at those sort of things on his travels, so he’s obviously come across a few,” she said.

“Obviously we know about the one in Popiltah and a few other places now. It would kind of be cool if we could, in a way, track the books.

“Pick up a book here, finish it and then drop it off at a different one or something like that.

“But hopefully the generosity of people can continue and we can get this moving.”

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