Upcoming Events at Recycled Reads
January 10: RAVE (Rare, Art, Vintage, Ephemera) Sale
Come join us for a rave! We'll be featuring rare, art and vintage books, as well as ephemera. Collectibles and Texana Books are some of the treasures in this not to be missed sale.
March 1 and 2: 5 year Anniversary
We've been around for 5 years! Come help us celebrate with music and crafting demos. As the symbol for 5 years is wood, our theme this year is Pulp Fiction!
- Saturday: Music by Jesse Sublett and Joe Blanda
- Sunday: Music by Two Day Suitcase
March 29: Literature Live Puppet Show: The Tiger Woman
Bow Wow Reading Every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 1pm
Volunteers with the Austin Dog Alliance (and their registered therapy dogs) will be in the store the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. While this story time is aimed at encouraging reluctant readers, anyone is welcome to read to the dogs while they are in the store.
- January 5 and 19
- February 2 and 16
- March 2 and 16
Open Mic Poetry Every 1st Sunday at 3:30pm
www.worldpoetry.org featured poets will read their works followed by a round robin open mic session for poets of all ages.
- January 5
- February 2
- March 3
Upcycle This First Thursday of every month at 6pm
To celebrate our extended hours on Thursday nights, join us for a drop-in crafting workshop. Bring something to work on or participate in our free weekly upcycled craft where we provide the materials.
- January 2: Cardboard desk organizers
- February 6: Upcycled Valentine's cards
- March 6: Springtime favor bags
Storytime First Saturday of every month at 1pm
Please join us for our monthly storytime with Miss Aubrey and Miss Laura. We welcome story lovers of all ages! An upcycled craft follows the storytime.
- January 4
- February 1
- March 1
Sisters in Crime Second Sunday of the month from 2 - 4pm
This is the Heart of Texas Chapter of the Sisters in Crime writers group. This group of writers meets to discuss the craft of writing in the mystery genre. All aspiring mystery writers are welcome to attend.
- January 12 - Adrienne Wolfe, publicist, will be speaking about how to write a novel that sells.
- February 9 - Detective Ruben Vasquez - 'Murder Investigation Step by Step.'
- March 9 - TBA
- April 13 - Joan Upton Hall and Russ Hall - 'How to Write a Mystery'
- May 18 - Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event
Art Exhibits at Recycled Reads
- January: Lydia Jarjaroua
- February and March: Waterloo Watercolors
Recycled Reads Awarded IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries
We are happy to announce that Recycled Reads was awarded an IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries. This is very exciting for us, because, in the words of IMLS:
Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are small grants that encourage libraries and museums to test and evaluate innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks! grantees demonstrate innovation and broad potential impact, often turning turn small investments of funds into nationally significant projects.
Be on the lookout for more information and updates about our project, Sprouting Green Weeding Practices.
About Recycled Reads
Recycled Reads is run primarily by volunteers with materials withdrawn from the Library's collection and the community's donations. The store gives books a second (or third or fourth...) chance and is an active participant in the City's Zero Waste Initiative by ensuring obsolete materials are handled in an environmentally responsible way and kept out of landfills. Recycled reads is proud to be celebrating its 5th year anniversary this year.
Recycled Reads in the News
“Dreidel Tournament.” Austin American Statesman, 11/30/13
“Recycled Reads.” Community Impact, 11/27/13
“Recycled Reads.” The Thrifty Snicker, 8/10/13
“Five Great Things Libraries are Doing with Old Books.” LJ Insider, 4/12/13
You can be green just by shopping at Recycled Reads.
Looking for the perfect gift?
We sell gift certificates starting at $5 and going up to $50. With most hard cover books $2, soft cover books $1 and children's books fifty-cents, a gift certificate to Recycled Reads goes a long way. Our gift certificates can be used to purchase anything for sale in the store and they never expire!
Call it origami, call it sculpture, call it altered books... We call it recycling! As part of our zero-waste initiative, books that are outdated, in poor shape, or just won't sell get crafted into something useful, fun, or beautiful! Stop by the store for a peek of our creations. If you are interested in making your own book art, come by, call or email us for information on our crafting classes.