I try and make it back to New Zealand at least once a year. While I’m there, I like to see my family and to relax. For me, relaxing often involves reading. I read pretty much anything and I buy a lot of books each year as a result. If you’re anything like me, then you probably have shelves of books that you have read in the past. What are you going to do with those books now?
In my own case, I often loan them to friends. There are some books, however, that I really don’t know what to do with. I hate the thought of throwing them away, which is why I like the idea that’s known as Books For Free.
Let me explain how it all works. Basically, instead of simply throwing old books in the bin, you can drop them off at one of 29 centres that are located throughout the UK. More than 150 volunteers work in those centres and take a look at all of the books that are left in this way.
What happens next? Well, they give them away! The books are given to individuals, charities, schools and libraries. This is why I think this is such a great idea. Old books that would have ended up in landfill sites are now being used to provide free reading material to people throughout the country.
The scheme’s good for the environment and is also giving something back to local communities. If you’re wondering what to do with your old books, then I’d recommend taking a trip to your local Books For Freecentre. You could even volunteer to help out.