Free books?! Yup, that's right. I heard about this place a while ago and definitely had to have a snoop. Books For Free (as part of Healthy Planet) has actually been open for a while now in its Preston branch, and it's great to see it's still running. The initiative aims to rescue thousands of books from landfill by simply giving them away to willing readers at centres and festivals nationwide!
The Preston branch nestled itself into a large closed-down shop space in the Fishergate Centre, it looks rather odd when you go in - but honestly, there are so many fantastic books up for grabs. I spent a long time looking through the shelves at every kind of book. It was surprising to see so many brand new editions that didn't even look like they'd been read!
I found this brilliant looking 'A Book Of Princesses', a Puffin book of old (and unusual) princess themed fairytales. It's going to be fantastic for inspiration! I took the book to the counter, the absolute legend of a staff-member had a quick chat with me about the book, stamped the inside back cover with a Healthy Planet 'Pass me on when you've finished with me' stamp, and I took my new sort-of-purchase back to its cosy new home on my bookshelf.
|My Uncle was Sir Francis Drake?|
It's definitely worth having a look on the Healthy Planet website to see if there's a Books For Free centre near you, it's such a great ethos - and who can say no to amazing free books? Give them a home!