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Books for free
« on: January 08, 2013, 16:51 »
A smashing charity Healthy Planet has a number shops around the country where they give away books for free. The idea is to stop unwanted books from going into landfill. Each person is allowed to take 3 books on each visit. The books are from libraries , charity shops or personal donations.
Have a look at their website http://www.healthyplanet.org/home.aspx for the location of their shops.
They also seem to be having a 'Stuff for Free ' event at The Vision Warehouse in Acton on Sun13th Jan if you are in London .
Like all charities they are always on the look-out for volunteers.
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Re: Books for free
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013, 17:43 »
They couldn't keep enough volunteers to keep our one open  :(
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Re: Books for free
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2013, 18:39 »
I can't find anything on their web site to say where their shops are.
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2013, 18:47 »
you have to click on the map here
http://www.healthyplanet.org/projects/books-for-free.aspx

as I said on the thread the Ashford one is rarely open :(

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Re: Books for free
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2013, 19:13 »
None in Kent then.

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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2013, 19:33 »
Come on let's be positive its a good idea. I have been in the ones in Liverpool, Stockton and Darlington and they seemed busy and well 'volunteered'. Maybe its being 'up north' that does it. I suppose southerners just send the butler along ( Joke ).

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Re: Books for free
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2013, 20:05 »
Not a very funny one ::)

Do you have any connection to the charity thestens ?

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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2013, 22:46 »
None whatsoever only as a user. I thought that it( the charity) fitted well in this forum but did sense some negativity in some of the replies so tried( obviously unsuccessfully) to lighten the mood.

Perhaps I will give up with this part of the forum if this is the way things are going. I think I may have invaded some peoples little club.

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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2013, 23:26 »
None whatsoever only as a user. I thought that it( the charity) fitted well in this forum but did sense some negativity in some of the replies so tried( obviously unsuccessfully) to lighten the mood.

Perhaps I will give up with this part of the forum if this is the way things are going. I think I may have invaded some peoples little club.

Why would you do that?  the only negative is me saying that ours is rarely open.........and that's the truth..........it's a fantastic idea, but sadly isn't working here :( I didn't say that to offend or put people off.
Why should pointing that out  bother you -  the scheme seems to be working well elsewhere  ;)

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Re: Books for free
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2013, 08:20 »
More to do with lack of sense of humour - quite common joke in my circle about the North/South divide.

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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2013, 10:31 »
That may be, but us down South can get fed up with always being thought of as wealthy - when most of us aren't   :dry:

Would you stop talking to your friends just because they didn't laugh at one of your jokes..

I don't think so, so why do it here  ;)


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« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2013, 11:26 »
it wouldn't be very green for me to use one of these centres - the nearest ones to me are Hemel Hempstead or Redditch - the cost of the fuel to get there would buy me several books .
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Re: Books for free
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2013, 11:57 »
Isn't one anywhere near me. Shame, as it looks a good idea.

The local Tesco has a book table where you can take or leave a book though, which in some ways is similar.

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« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2013, 15:04 »
My nearest one is Oxford, so likewise, the cost of travel outways the benefits.  But it's a brilliant idea (and probably a good thing that the nearest shop is so far away...living near a place that gave me three free books every time I visit would probably mean I'd have to move into the garden shed by August, as the house would be full of books :lol:)
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