Harewood House has introduced an ingenious way to promote reading and retain their sustainability credentials with a read and recycle book shop.
The shop, which opened on Monday August 1, is located within the heart of the visitor facilities in Terrace Cottage situated between the Adventure Playground and the Geopods.
Proceeds from the book shop will be put back into the Harewood House Trust to help maintain and improve facilities such as the garden grounds, the bird garden, and the house and collections, providing a place to read and relax. The charitable educational trust looks after Harewood House, its collections and gardens for the public benefit.
Harewood House regularly holds a series of storytelling events and talks on a wide range of subjects, The money raised will also be used to expand their offer with regular reading groups, talks and activities and opportunities for all visitors.
Harewood House are currently looking for more volunteers to run the book shop and, Audrey Kingsnorth, who is working with the team said: “If you have a love of books and like people, with a few hours a week to spare, then we want to meet you. We are also appealing for good quality paper and hardback books, especially current fiction and non-fiction, autobiographies, children’s books for all ages, DVDs and CDs. The shop is open between 11am and 3pm every day, and donors can drop off their books at the visitor reception on the main entrance drive in to the grounds any day when Harewood is open. It’s time to de-clutter and there’s no better tonic.’
Volunteers for the book shop, the house and grounds, can find out more information on line www.harewood.org or by calling Sarah Irwin-Davis on 0113 218 1039.