Upcoming Events at Recycled Reads
March 16, 2pm - Composting Class led by Austin Resource Recovery
March 23, 2pm - Sunshine Dance Troupe performs
March 28, 3pm - Sunshine Dance Troupe performs
April 6 and 7 - Zilker Garden Festival
April 18, 6:30 - 8pm - JoAnn King, author of See Jane Run speaks on the experience of writing a Young Adult novel
April 20 - Earth Day Austin at Mueller
Thursdays from May 9 to June 27th, 6 - 8:30pm - Creative Writing Workshop. Contact the Austin Public Library's Friends Foundation for details: 512-542-0076.
May 18, 1pm - Literature Live Puppet Show, Mr. Tamarin's Trees
June 29, 1pm - Literature Live Puppet Show, The King's Daughter Who Lost Her Hair
Also: Beginning in April, the first Thursday of the month will be a crafting demonstration!! We will post more details about crafting demos and workshops to our Facebook page as they unfold.
We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the store and around Austin. Make sure you keep up to date with us on Facebook and Twitter.
We are happy to announce we now have extended hours on Thursdays at Recycled Reads. Stop in from noon to 8pm on Thursdays. All other hours remain the same (Friday-Sunday, noon to 6pm). Find us on Facebook or email us ( ) to let us know what you're interested in!
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Recycled Reads is run primarily by volunteers with materials withdrawn from the Library’s collection and the community’s donations.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 chance and is an active participant in the City’s Zero Waste Plan by ensuring obsolete materials are handled in an environmentally responsible way by keeping these materials out of landfills. Items Recycled Reads is unable to sell go to third party recyclers that fund and support literacy programs. In this way the Library contributes to a socially responsible cause by ensuring that knowledge and learning is passed along to others in need. Books that are unusable as reading material are responsibly recycled for reuse.
Recycled Reads in the News
“Connecting books with new homes, Recycled Reads saves 300 tons from landfill,”. Austin Post, 10/24/2012
According to the Climate Protection Department:
Recycled Reads saved 444 MTCO2EQ by diverting 142.5 tons of books from landfills.
This Greenhouse Gas emission savings equals:
CO2 emissions from 79 passenger cars or
CO2 emissions from 45,156 gallons of gasoline consumed or
CO2 emissions from 5.3 tanker trucks' worth of gasoline or
CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 50 homes for one year or
CO2 emissions from the energy use of 35 homes for one year or Carbon sequestered by 10,328 tree seedlings grown for 10 years or Carbon sequestered annually by 86 acres of pine or fir forests or
CO2 emissions from 16,782 propane cylinders used for home barbeques or
CO2 emissions from burning 2.2 railcars' worth of coal MTCO2EQ = Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How Green is Recycled Reads?
With the assistance of our recycling partners (Goodwill Industries and Better World Books), we are able to track the actual tonnage Recycled Reads processes. Each month Recycled Reads handles 10-12 tons of obsolete Library material and books and materials donated from the public. According to the Environmental Defense Fund Paper calculator (http://www.papercalculator.org) 1 ton of books would take up 3.3 cubic yards of space in a landfill. Based on our monthly statistics, Recycled Reads kept approximately 435 cubic yards of material out of COA landfills during FY 2011.
You can be green just by shopping at Recycled Reads.
Looking for the perfect gift?
We also 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. It can be applied to any of our store items, including collectibles, jewelry and book art, and it never expires.
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.
Volunteers and Donations
To volunteer for the bookstore or for more information call
Donations are accepted during open hours and by appointment