Many villages in the UK have turned red telephone boxes into mini libraries, just take a book and leave one behind. I really live in the wrong country. (Actually, we're doing that here now, too. Just not as glamorous without the red telephone boxes!
back in the day (I actually miss these, now there is no reason to be unreachable--because you carry your phone on you. But back then you could escape for a while and always use the excuse that you "couldn't get to a phone.")