Austin Public Library Bookstore, Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road, Books and More. A photograph of the bookstore is included.

Upcoming Events at Recycled Reads

March 29: Literature Live Puppet Show: The Tiger Woman

Saturday April 26 at 1pm: Meet the Maker: Pop up for a shockingly inventive Thomas Edison demonstration.

April 27: Million Mile Month at 12 - 2pm. Join us to celebrate Million Mile Month with bike registrations from APD and a shoe shaped piñata.

May 10: Composting with Austin Resource Recovery at 2pm. Register here to take part in the City of Austin's Home Composting Rebate program.

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Summer Shorts
This is a 10 week short story discussion group that runs every Friday from June 6 to August 15 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm. There will be no class held on July 4th.

Bow Wow Reading Every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 1pm
Volunteers with the Austin Dog Alliance (and their registered therapy dogs) will be in the store the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. While this story time is aimed at encouraging reluctant readers, anyone is welcome to read to the dogs while they are in the store.

  • April 6
  • May 4 and 18
  • June 1 and 15

Open Mic Poetry Every 1st Sunday at 3:30pm featured poets will read their works followed by a round robin open mic session for poets of all ages.

  • April 6
  • May 4
  • June 1

Upcycle This First Thursday of every month at 6pm
To celebrate our extended hours on Thursday nights, join us for a drop-in crafting workshop. Bring something to work on or participate in our free weekly upcycled craft where we provide the materials.

  • April 3: Woven and origami baskets
  • May 1: Paper Flowers and Bouquet cards
  • June 5: Upcycle Challenge with Resourcery

Storytime First Saturday of every month at 1pm
Please join us for our monthly storytime with Miss Aubrey and Miss Laura. We welcome story lovers of all ages! An upcycled craft follows the storytime.

  • April 5
  • May 3
  • June 7

Sisters in Crime Second Sunday of the month from 2 - 4pm
This is the Heart of Texas Chapter of the Sisters in Crime writers group. This group of writers meets to discuss the craft of writing in the mystery genre. All aspiring mystery writers are welcome to attend.

  • April 13
  • May 18
  • June 8

Recycled Reading Book Club
Sustain your reading habit by joining the Recycled Reads book discussion group on the first and third Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m.

  • May 3: Texas Writers' month: discuss your favorite Texas author.
  • May 17: Fax Me a Bagel by Sharon Kahn. The Austin mystery writer will join the group.
  • June 7: Share a favorite travel book, travel memoir, or location oriented book
  • June 21: Bossypants by Tina Fey

Art Exhibits at Recycled Reads

  • January: Lydia Jarjaroua
  • February and March: Waterloo Watercolors
  • April: Steampunk by Steve Metze
  • May: Computer generated art by Felipe Villela



Recycled Reads Awarded IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries
We are happy to announce that Recycled Reads was awarded an IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries. This is very exciting for us, because, in the words of IMLS:

    Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are small grants that encourage libraries and museums to test and evaluate innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks! grantees demonstrate innovation and broad potential impact, often turning turn small investments of funds into nationally significant projects.
If you're familiar with us, you know that the Recycled Reads model successfully keeps books and other materials out of landfills once libraries have de-selected them. Using this model, the librarians of Recycled Reads will develop training tools to help other libraries create their own methods of providing green weeding practices. The training content will encourage libraries across the nation to examine their collection management policies and workflows, adjusting them to reflect environmentally responsible actions.


Be on the lookout for more information and updates about our project, Sprouting Green Weeding Practices.

About Recycled Reads

Recycled Reads is run primarily by volunteers with materials withdrawn from the Library's collection and the community's donations. The store gives books a second (or third or fourth...) chance and is an active participant in the City's Zero Waste Initiative by ensuring obsolete materials are handled in an environmentally responsible way and kept out of landfills. Recycled reads is proud to be celebrating its 5th year anniversary this year.

Recycled Reads in the News

“Dreidel Tournament.” Austin American Statesman, 11/30/13

“Recycled Reads.” Community Impact, 11/27/13

“Recycled Reads.” The Thrifty Snicker, 8/10/13

“Five Great Things Libraries are Doing with Old Books.” LJ Insider, 4/12/13

You can be green just by shopping at Recycled Reads.

Recycled Reads Window Sign

Looking for the perfect gift?
We sell gift certificates starting at $5 and going up to $50. With most hard cover books $2, soft cover books $1 and children's books fifty-cents, a gift certificate to Recycled Reads goes a long way. Our gift certificates can be used to purchase anything for sale in the store and they never expire!

Book Art!
Call it origami, call it sculpture, call it altered books... We call it recycling! As part of our zero-waste initiative, books that are outdated, in poor shape, or just won't sell get crafted into something useful, fun, or beautiful! Stop by the store for a peek of our creations. If you are interested in making your own book art, come by, call or email us for information on our crafting classes.

All proceeds directly benefit the Austin Public Library.