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A 'free books' event will take place at Stephenson Way Primary School on Thursday 22nd November.. Get yourself a free book.

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Free Books - What we do.

Quite simply, we give away books. We want to:

  • give you books
  • take your unwanted books (in good condition)
  • encourage people to read - of all ages and all abilities

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Free-books.org.uk are a charity organisation, founded by a group of people who want to spread the love of reading to all.

The benefits of reading are recognised throughout society: it nurtures the imagination and the soul. With many libraries struggling to remain open, our free books project aims to put free literature into the community.

The free book event was a tremendous success. I was thrilled to find out that pupils had been sharing and swapping the books they'd received over the summer holidays. It really has enocouraged them to read more.
Carly McNiell, Teacher, Collierley Primary School

No excuses for a book-free house.

(or that's our aim at least)

According to the National Literacy Trust, 1 in 8 disadvantaged children in the UK don’t own a single book. This is particularly shocking when we learn that their report “Book ownership and reading outcomes’ reveals that children who do own a book are 15 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age.

A group of County Durham based reading advocates have vowed to put an end to ‘non-book-ownership’ for households in the area, through this project.

As County Durham is one of the poorest regions in Northern Europe, it is likely that children are disproportionately affected by these statistics, so the Free Books Project want to do what their name suggests - give away free books.

The first free book give-away was hosted by Collierley Nursery and Primary School, Dipton,and we hope to make this a regular event at schools in the area.

If your school would like to host a free event, please register your interest.

Our event at Stephenson Way Primary School.

Details, data and mission

The Free Books project operates as an unregistered charity. Currently no money changes hands and no data is collected or stored.

We operate under the umbrella of The Leadgate Task Force and in association with the Derwent Valley Litfest and The Punctuation Show.



Our vision is to work with schools and other educational establishments in order to ensure that no household is book free.