Books wanted for new exchange scheme

HAD enough of Harry Potter? Sick of Stephen King? Done with Bridget Jones’ Diary?

If your bookshelves are groaning with novels and publications that you or your children have long since read and discarded, Liverpool City Council will gladly take them off your hands!

Old or new publications are needed to kickstart a book exchange scheme to be launched in 2014 as part of the city’s Year of Reading, in partnership with the Reader Organisation.

People will be able to take a book at a variety of locations across the city, on condition that they replace it with another.

Five council buildings are now home to donation points, where people can drop off books. They can be placed in special brightly painted wheelie bins decorated by school children.

Donations can be made at the following locations:

• Municipal Buildings, Dale Street, L2 2DH
• Millennium House, Victoria Street, L1 6JD
• Premier Court, Hatton Garden, L3 2AA
• Brougham Terrace, West Derby Road, L6 1AE
• Edge Hill Customer Focus Centre, 80-82 Wavertree Road, L7 1PH

Councillor Lana Orr, Mayoral Lead for Reading, said: “We want 2014 to be a year in which we raise the profile of reading and literacy in Liverpool.

“The Book Exchange is just one of a number of high profile projects which we will use to encourage people to build reading into their daily life and make it as easy as possible to do so.

“It doesn’t matter whether they are children’s stories, chick lit, fiction or fantasy, nor if they have been well thumbed. All we ask is that they are in reasonable condition with no pages missing.

“And if people want to buy new books to donate to the scheme that would be absolutely fantastic as well.”

Details of the locations of the book exchanges will be announced in the new year.

Liverpool Waterfront