Buxton centre appeals for books as part of initiative to get the town reading more

Book lovers are being urged to bring in their unwanted books as a Buxton shopping centre reintroduces a popular initiative as part of the Buxton Fringe Festival.

The Springs Shopping Centre is reintroducing its book swap, an initiative which encourages people to bring in their old books and pick up new ones free of charge. The book swap was incredibly popular when it first launched in 2015 as part of the Buxton Fringe Festival and the centre team is excited to launch it as part of this year’s celebrations.

People are urged to bring in their old books to the centre from April 1st in order to build up the collection before the book swap starts in July as the festival starts.

Carlon Stewart, Centre Manager for The Springs Shopping Centre, said: “In 2015, we saw an inundation of books from the Buxton community and we have seen some really positive feedback from everyone when we first launched the initiative in the centre.

“We are delighted to bring back the book swap again this year and we are encouraging people to bring in as many books as possible. The idea of the book swap is to encourage people to try reading something they wouldn’t usually consider, which we have found our customers have been more willing to do considering it is free to take a book.”

A box will be positioned in the square outside Marks and Spencer and Waitrose for people to donate their books from April 1st.

The Springs’ Book Swap will launch in the first week of July to coincide with the Buxton Fringe Festival and will be in situ outside Waitrose for the duration of the festival.

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