Good Reading : December January 2010
24 goodreading ı DECEMBER 2009 / JANUARY 2010 fully booked family-oriented rehabilitation program designed for mothers who have become dependent on the use of drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism in response to crises in their lives. It is the only home in Queensland that allows mothers to keep their children with them while accessing rehabilitation. Fresh Hope welcomes donations of children's books, and has space for a limited number of books for mothers to read as well. (www.freshhope.org). There are countless other charities in Australia and New Zealand appealing for pre-loved books. Among them are: • Victorian Branch, Children's Book Council of Australia's Christmas Book Appeal (http://vic.cbca.org.au) • Townsville Hospital Foundation Book Fair (http://thfoundation.org.au) • National Trust of Australia Spring Book Fair (www.nsw.nationaltrust.org.au) • New Zealand Red Cross Book Fairs (www.redcross.org.nz) • New Zealand Variety Monster Book Fair (www.variety.org.nz) • Room to Read is an international charity that has established hundreds of libraries in developing countries (www.roomtoread.org). Art Perhaps you could consider a more creative solution. Rebound Books in Melbour ne (www.reboundbooks.net) has made its reputation by turning old books into works of art. They create notebooks, cards and calendars by using every bit of a book that they can. Give some poor books a new lease on life. Although they're not looking for donations, they do keep their eye out for quirky titles. This Into That is a similar company in America. The artist, Jim Roseneau, takes hardcover books and tur ns them into quirky bookshelves. Maybe you could unleash your inner artist and try something similar. His website is www.thisintothat.com. Online solutions You could try your hand at selling books online. eBay's tagline is that you can 'buy or sell practically anything' on their site, and books are no exception. Using eBay means that you have control over how much your books are worth (providing a buyer out there agrees). It's worth noting that some books sell better than others. If you have a vintage hardcover or first edition you're more likely to find a market on eBay. Alternativ could set up your own eBay store where you can group all of your books together. Book-sharing websites are everywhere online. BookMooch (www.bookmooch.com) is American- based, but there are over 700 users in Australia, which means that you can join in without having to pay for inter national postage. To participate, you join the site and ear n credits by sending your books to other people. You can then use these credits to request your own books. BookMooch is a great way to find books that aren't in your local library as well as being a place to discover new authors. Liberation! If you're looking to treat your 'old friends' to an adventure, try 'bookcrossing'. The word was added to The Oxford English Dictionary five years ago with the definition: 'the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise'. The phenomenon started in 2001, and invites readers to 'release their old books into the wild'. This means that if you've got a spare book or two you could set them free for other readers to find. Just register at the BookCrossing website (www.bookcrossing.com), leave the book somewhere and wait for it to get picked up. The website allows the books to be traced so that you can see what your ex-books are up to, and find out who's enjoying them next. It might be the moment every book- lover dreads, but when it's time to bid farewell to your books there are plenty of options, and many of them will give you a war m fuzzy feeling that might relieve the ache of saying goodbye. As for choosing which books to let go of, well, you're on your own there. ‘Bookcrossing: the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.’ The Oxford English Dictionary. ‘Rebirthed’ books from Rebound Books (also below).