This week’s Magpie Monday is something I picked up at my local Book-cycle shop when I was dropping off a bag of children’s books.
If you haven’t heard of Book-cycle, it’s a UK volunteer-run charity with ‘free’ bookshops where you can take your pick of their books for a donation of your choice. Book-cycle uses the donations to empower communities in developing countries by the provision of free books and educational resources. The charity is also strongly involved in the reforestation of rural England, and with local community sustainability projects.
I have almost run out of bookshelf space, and was determined to donate to Book-cycle without browsing, but I’m afraid I couldn’t help myself! Luckily, what caught my eye was not a book but a portfolio of print reproductions of designs for fabric by the Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928).
Due to my recent splurge on framing, I have just put a couple of the prints into a cheap frame for now, and will probably rotate them with others from the set when I feel like a change.
To find out more about Bookcycle, and the wonderful work they do, please visit their website, where you can also find details of your nearest branch so you can pop in and stock up on summer reads for as little (or as much) as you like. You might also like to send books direct to one of their partner charities – just follow this easy guide – a very small gesture that will have a lasting impact on a child’s life.
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