Books for Free! - Healthy Planet

Saturday, 6 September 2014

A few weeks ago, a couple of friends told me about a store giving away FREE books so of course I had to go and investigate!

The Books for Free Centre is at Broadfields Retail Park in Aylesbury. It's operated by Healthy Planet who collect books which would otherwise end up in landfill or as pulp.

Unfortunately, last time I went the store was closed but I thought I'd try again today and luckily we caught it open. The centre is run by volunteers so the advertised opening times are subject to volunteers being available.

They have taken over the old electrical store so it's a vast space filled with books on every subject you can imagine. There's seats and sofas around so you could quite easily spend quite a long time here browsing the shelves, having a flick through some books before making your selection.

Each person is allowed to take 3 books. When the lady was stamping my 3 books, she told me that Little Miss A could have three too so I went back and chose her some more.

I concentrated on the children's book section. I love getting Little Miss A new books and encouraging her to read. There are books that we look at together in the living room - these are mostly interactive books such as touch & feel or pop-up books. Then in her bedroom she has lots of storybooks which we read to her at bedtime.

We use the library a lot to get new books for bedtime story. I don't think Little Miss A would really care if we kept reading the same ones over and over again, but Mr MoaB and I like to have different ones to read!

We got to the centre at 3.30pm and the store was closing at 4pm so I had to have a very quick browse through. Some books are in better condition than others so it's worth looking through all the pages. A few have been drawn in or have pages missing. However, with so many books to choose from, it wasn't hard to find some that I thought Little Miss A would like. Also, it means that if she accidentally pulls a flap too hard or rips a page, it really doesn't matter!

Here's the selection I made:

A couple are to put away for her and will come out when appropriate (Halloween and Christmas). I love Miffy so was really pleased to find one of these books. The top book is a lift-the-flap Maisy book that pulls out to 2 metres!!

However, my favourite is the 'Who are you?' book which has little tabs you pull out from the corners and the animals pop-up at the top.

There is a donation box on the counter. I actually took some books we no longer wanted along with me in exchange for the ones we took. It's a great initiative to save books from landfill. I can't imagine a world without books. I hope there will always be a place for them despite the rise in the popularity of tablets etc.

If you're local to Aylesbury, then it's definitely worth paying the centre a visit. Not sure how long the store will be there for!? What's not to like when you can come away with 3 Free books!

UPDATE 15/11/14: Unfortunately, this store has now closed.

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2 Responses to “Books for Free! - Healthy Planet ”

  1. There are 2 free bookstores in Luton and High Wycombe ; High Wycombe: 12 Eden Walk, Eden, High Wycombe, Buckingham, HP11 2BJ
    Luton: 2/4 George Street, Luton, LU1 2AN


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