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Books in Bars is hosting an evening event at 92 Degrees next month


Books in Bars will host their first ever evening book swap next month, following the success of September’s first sell-out event post-lockdown.

Returning to the stunning 92 Degrees for the second time, Books in Bars will once again be free to attend for any book lovers looking to adorn their shelves with some new titles. 

The inaugural evening book swap will welcome guests into the Hardman Street venue from 6pm onwards, where attendees will be welcome to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or soft drink as the donations are organised.

Once all the pre-loved literature is sorted, bookworms are free to browse all the titles on offer and hopefully find new reads to take home and adorn the shelf space now free thanks to their donations.

Any books that don’t find a new home after the event will be donated to Books Beyond Bars, an organisation unrelated to Books in Bars, who send books and other educational materials to incarcerated LGBTQIA+ people across the United Kingdom.

The entire event is free of charge but collection boxes will be present if anyone attending wishes to donate some loose change to Books Beyond Bars.

Zoe Delaney, Books in Bars founder, said:

“The idea for Books in Bars was created during lockdown, when I created a little library in a communal area in my apartment block which was well received.

I realised I probably wasn’t the only reader who was running out of shelf space and constantly donating pre-loved books to gather dust in charity shops.

In a time where we’re looking to be more ethical and environmentally conscious regarding our consumption, book swap events are a great way to cut down on unnecessary spending and promote recycling.

Following the past two events, so many attendees have gotten in touch to tell me how they’ve picked up a book they’ve been meaning to buy, or been introduced to titles they wouldn’t have otherwise considered.

Holding book swaps in bars is also a great way to help the hospitality industry and local independent businesses. While you can attend Books in Bars without a penny in your pocket, you are encouraged –  if you’re in a position to do so – to enjoy a drink or some food while browsing and support the venues that provide space free of charge.”

Chelsea Smith, part of the team at 92 Degrees, said:

“It was an honour for 92 Degrees to host the first Books in Bars free from social distancing restrictions and post lockdown.

92 Degrees is committed to supporting events and initiatives which benefit the Liverpool residents and the fact that a book swap in our Hardman Street venue can also benefit the LGBTQ+ community across the country is an added bonus.

This evening event is a chance for attendees to enjoy the cosy, intimate atmosphere of 92 Degrees after hours and enjoy a late-night 92 Degrees experience.”

Free tickets can be purchased for the event here.

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