Don’t worry, we’re guilty of hoarding books too.
Is your bookshelf looking a little overstocked? If you’re thinking of letting go of some of your precious reads, here’s how you can extend their shelf life and pass them on others who might love them as much as you did. (And after you have space for new books, join the 2016 National Reading Movement happening now until July 30!)
1. Books and Beer
This is a travelling book swap like no other. The exchange takes place at different venues each time for around three hours and readers can bring up to 10 used books. And yes, you can grab a beer and mingle with others at the event while you browse for your next find.
Their next event is on July 23 in conjunction with the National Library Board’s Read! Fest 2016. More info here.
2. Togetherly Book Exchange
Head over to Isetan Orchard, Wisma Atria from now until June 30 for a pop-up market that includes something special for bookworms. The Togetherly Book Exchange is a social movement that has gained a following in the country since it started. All you have to do is bring a book, wrap it up, leave a note for the next reader, and exchange it for another book. There will also be another book exchange session at the Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market in late July. Find out more here.
Do you have a book you REALLY love and are not willing to trade it just yet but you are definitely looking for new reads? BooksAvenue gives you the option to swap books and get them back (a “swap back”, as they put it) after you’re done reading. Find out how it works here.
4. Ruxubooks’ Book Exchange
Now this is something a little different. Instead of just leaving your pre-loved books and picking up new ones, you are encouraged to share your reading experience and meet new friends at this event on July 2. Register your interest to join the discussion here.
5. Book swop corner in Yishun
If you live in the northern part of Singapore, you don’t have to travel far for your next book fix. Nee-Soon Town Council has a convenient book exchange corner at Block 290 Yishun Street 22 where you can donate your books and spread the joy of reading. The cheery little “Share a Book” shelf is right outside the office, so you won’t miss it.
6. Singapore Really Really Free Market
If you’re feeling generous and want to give your books away for free with no strings attached, they might find new homes at the Singapore Really Really Free Market. Just bring them to the monthly event and remember to check if they are still there by the end of the day. (You’ll need to collect them if no one takes them home.)
7. Project EARTH Book Exchange
In partnership with the National Library Board, this exchange aims to promote reusing of books and reading. As a whole initiative, Project EARTH hopes Singapore will move towards becoming a zero waste nation. What better what than to start with books! There are currently 20 book exchange corners in central Singapore and you can also drop them off at all National Libraries. Look out for their events here.
By Muneerah Bee, June 2016