If you love to read, you know how expensive it can be to speed through book after book! Buying books brand new can be an exciting purchase and the smell of fresh pages is truly irreplaceable, but there are also some wonderful ways to enjoy the character of used and free books here in your community. Here’s a list of six ways you can take advantage of free literary services in Hamilton and read for completely free:

1. Trade with friends

What better way to get your hands on a good book than to take one referred to you by a friend? Share your love for stories with your friends by trading books you’ve already read for new ones.

2. Enter a contest

Stay updated on our social media and keep refreshing the ‘Contests‘ section of our website for upcoming giveaways. We give away dozens of free books every year and support our partners contests online too. Social media is a great place to get ahold of some new books, at absolutely no cost!

3. Visit your local public library

The Hamilton Public Library has amazing resources to help you find a book or literacy activity made just for your interests. With a huge variety of programming and massive stacks filled with books across many floors, there are over 20 branches of possibilities to explore! Don’t forget about the Bookmobile which delivers storytelling magic and books all across town. Visit their website to see when the Bookmobile is coming close to you next.

4. Little Free Library

These little libraries can be found all around our city and many others. This initiative was started to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. It’s an excellent opportunity to pay it forward with your old books, and grab a different one to enjoy!

5. Telling Tales Festival Book Swap & Shop

Bring your gently used books to the Telling Tales Festival and swap them for another one! This annual book exchange has taken flight over the years and we are so excited to see all the stories that get shared at the festival. The best part is that kids get to take home a new-to-them book. Save the date for September 17th at Westfield Heritage Village for a day filled with the magic of imagination.

6. Toy Lending Service

The Ontario Early Years Centers lend out toys, books, music, games and puzzles to children up to age six. What an awesome initiative!

With an endless potential to indulge in a fresh new read for spring, this list is sure to help you find a book you love, without the price tag! Let us know in the comments below what awesome books you come across, and how you keep paying forward the amazing love for literacy in Hamilton.


Featured image by Jamie Busiman