Meet the Bibliomaniac: The HPB Woodshoppe

It’s simple; you can’t sell books without something to put them on. That’s where the Half Price Books Woodshoppe comes in. With a staff of 11 employees, our Woodshoppe provides shelves and materials for all 125 HPB stores.

Established in 1984, the Woodshoppe’s work goes beyond a bookshelf that holds your next read. Shelves, counters and chairs are just a small portion of what is handmade at our 50,000 sq. ft. work space in Dallas, Texas. The Woodshoppe strives to stay true to our company mission. Be kind to the environment.

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HPB’s Tips to Go Green for Earth Day

Earth Day was established on April 22, 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, who believed in taking care of the earth. For many people who care for the environment, Earth Day is an opportunity to join in a nationwide effort to protect our planet. If everyone did something, we could all contribute to saving our environment. Half Price Books fully believes in reducing and reusing, and we hope you do, too. As we get ready to celebrate Earth Day this year, read on to discover our top tips for going green!

Save Energy
One of the first things you can do to save energy is to switch out your old light bulbs. If every U.S. home swapped out one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), we’d save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes each year! Another great way you can help save energy is by putting your computers to sleep. Activating “sleep mode” on just one computer can prevent roughly 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions a year! Want to save even more energy? Unplug your electronics. When you’re not using your electronics or are done charging up your items, unplug them to conserve electricity.

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At Half Price Books, saving energy is part of our day-to-day operations. We contract with green energy companies like Green Mountain Energy Company, which provides pollution-free wind energy for 31 of our stores and other facilities in Texas. We have also installed light- and heat-repellent window tints in our stores, which allows them to be eligible for energy code rebates. Continue reading

Half Price Books Does Earth Day Every day

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Here at HPB, we make preserving and recycling part of our business. In 2012, we donated more than 2.3 million books to non profit organizations and schools, helping to keep them out of landfills, and we continue to donate books all the time as part of our Million Book Donation Project.

And we don’t limit being green just to books. Each of our new stores is constructed with 100% recyclable flooring, handmade wood shelves and eco-paints. We also offer post-consumer waste shopping bags and recycled gift cards.

We’re always looking for ways to b(eco)me greener and view the protection of the environment as a journey, not a destination. I hope you’re doing something fun (and more importantly, green) today to celebrate. Let us know how you’ll celebrate in the comments! — Emily 

Emily is PR Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.

You can follow her on Twitter at emilytbruce.

40 Years of Being Green

As you’ve heard many times on this blog, Half Price Books is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, making for four decades of reading and recycling. We’ve striven since the beginning to keep books out of landfills, making preserving and recycling resources a part of our daily business. 

Last week, we celebrated Earth Day and Arbor Day with our own 40th anniversary tree planting week.  Half Price Books stores around the country planted trees in their communities to help celebrate.  We even had a special day here in our Dallas market where we planted 40 trees at Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas.  Volunteers dedicated each of the trees to someone who had inspired a love of reading in their lives. 

Check out some photos and a video of the trees we planted around the country!


HPB employees pose with Richardson city officials before the tree planting begins.

Employees and volunteers listen to speakers before Richardson tree planting.

Kara and Emily dig a hole for their tree. Students at Wedgewood Elementary helped HPB employees plant trees at their school in Fort Worth.Kiddos from Smith Elementary help BW plant a tree at their school.      

  Students pose with the manager Michael and the tree they planted at Mendez Elementary in San Marcos. 
Employees from the Castleton store in Indianapolis worked with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Employees from Huebner Road and Stone Ridge in San Antonio joined forces to plant trees at Huebner Elementary

Emily poses with a tree she dedicated to her sister, a fellow HPB employee!

District Manager Diana and Chairman of the Board Ellen pose in front of their tree in San Antonio

BW and Roundrock employees plant trees for the city’s Arbor Day celebration.

Avery, Jill and Rachel pose with William Shakespeare at UCO’s garden in Edmond, OK.

Angie poses with a tree she dedicated to her grandmother.We planted this tree in honor of our co-founder Ken Gjemre. And here’s one we did for co-founder Pat Anderson, mother of president and CEO Sharon Anderson Wright.

We hope that some of our green activities inspire you to be a little greener in your daily lives.  If you need some inspiration, check out our sister website, for some fun green tips!

— Emily  

5 Nature Books for Kids

Gearing up for Earth Day this Sunday (April 22) and need a way for kids to get involved and excited about nature? Start with these five children’s picks and dig in!

1) 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth by The Earthworks Group – An optimistic look at the future, offering straightforward ideas for kids to reduce their resource consumption and start taking better care of Mother Nature.

2) Ecoart!: Earth-Friendly Art and Craft Experiences for 3-To 9-Year-Olds by Laurie Carlson– Great for younger kids (with parent supervision), this eco-conscious guide suggests dozens of fun and easy crafts that can be created with items lying around the house – or around the yard. Not sure what do with that empty milk jug? Want to try something new with the weeds you pulled last weekend? This book has ideas for everyone.

3) Recycle! by Gail Gibbons – This book makes the sometimes-confusing concept of recycling easy to understand for elementary age kids. Pictures and straightforward explanations detail the process of recycling from sorting used cans, bottles and paper to the new products these reused materials eventually create. Focusing on five major types of recyclables, Recycle! teaches kids what types of items they can help save from landfills.

4) The Kids’ Nature Book: 365 Indoor/Outdoor Activities and Experiences by Susan Milord – Organized in calendar format, this book offers children and parents great ideas for getting outside and observing what’s going on around them no matter the time of year. Learn about and watch birds flying south for the winter, and discover why many plants bloom in the spring while studying the saplings at the local park.

5) Fun With Nature: Take Along Guide by Mel Boring – A beginner’s field guide for kids, this book is great to take along on a family walk, camping in the woods, or even to the museum. Children can look up the types of worms, frogs, and squirrels (oh my!) they spot outside and learn more about what these animals eat and their preferred habitat. Also sprinkled throughout are several project ideas – from building rabbit refuges to making a stained glass animal.

Do you remember your favorite nature books from your childhood, or know of any great books to teach kids about the importance of our Earth? Let us know in the comments!

Also… don’t miss your chance to have a tree named in honor of a booklover you love. Learn more about our Plant It for the Planet event and how you can nominate someone. Get your green thumbs on the keyboard and enter now. Deadline is Monday!

— Kate