Book sale, inc free books for children, Gedling, 8 days in April & May

Annual Ex Libris Masked Book Sale, for 3 charities.  Bargain books, child-friendly, includes cake, raffle, cards, poetry one day, and a play train & ticket office in the garden.  (Not specifically a home ed thing.)

April 2019 – Friday 26, Saturday 27, Sunday 28, Monday 29.
May 2019 – Friday 3, Saturday 4, Sunday 5, Monday 6.

Time:  10am to 6pm, drop-in.

Age range:  All ages.

Venue:  16 Vernon Avenue, Gedling, Nottingham, NG4 3FX.

Area:  South side of Gedling, north side of Carlton.

Price:  Free admission, and each child can choose three free books.  After that, the books are still very cheap, e.g. many at 10p each.

Booking:  No need to book.  They can’t take cards, so bring cash if you might want to buy books or snacks.

If you enjoy your first visit, it may be worth coming back another day as well, because they don’t have room to put all the books out at once, so as some sell, they’ll get more out.

Eventbrite page with more details

A colourful play train (one engine, one carriage which would seat four small children) made partly of treetrunks and partly of flat material, on a sandy base. In the background is a tiny station platform. It's actually in the garden of the people who run the Ex Libris booksales, and is known as the Ex Libris Express.

This year, we’re particularly good on: science fiction; history (including military); crafts; psychology and psychotherapy; cake decorating – they’ve been reduced to 10p each; pets; children’s books.  We have so many children’s books that every child who visits can choose up to three free books from our special boxes, before even thinking about buying.

We have provided home-made cakes and bakes for many years, but this year is our first with a Café Manager.  Gabrielle is working really hard to make the café experience exceptional, and we do recommend that you stay for a drink and a snack – all for whatever donation you feel is right.  (All café donations go to our 3 charities too.)  Vegan and gluten-free treats will be available, but maybe not every day.

Map showing 16 Vernon Drive:

Bigger map showing 16 Vernon Drive

Travel / parking:

Buses are frequent – 24, 25, 44 to Main Road/Westdale Lane (Co-op) or 100 to Ousebridge Drive.  There is plenty of on-street parking, but please be considerate of our neighbours, who put up with this sale year after year.  There is a free car park at the top of Ranmoor Road (get a ticket).  And you can park your bicycle in our back garden.


We are child-friendly.  We are mostly, but not wholly, wheelchair accessible, and will help with accessibility wherever we can.

“Smile” drama/music show in libraries, Nottingham/Notts, October

“A delightful musical adventure for children aged 3 – 5 and their families”

Date: Various dates from 9 to 20 October 2017.

Day & date in Oct Which library
Monday 9 Beeston (sold out)
Tuesday 10 Nottingham Central
Wednesday 11 Dales, Sneinton
Thursday 12 Bulwell
Friday 13 Worksop
Monday 16 Mansfield Central
Tuesday 17 Hyson Green
Wednesday 18 Wollaton
Thursday 19 Sutton-in-Ashfield
Friday 20 Arnold

Time: 10.30 to approx 11.10 (running time 40 minutes).

Age range: Aimed at ages 3 to 5.

Price: £2 per child; accompanying adults free.

Bookings: List of dates, libraries and how to book for each one.

Details: Not specifically a home ed thing – open to anyone.

“Augustus the tiger was sad. He had lost his smile.”

Based on the book Augustus and His Smile written and illustrated by Catherine Rayner and published by Little Tiger Press,

Find the book in the library system

Access, parking, maps etc: Most library listing pages have some access & travel info. List of Nottingham City libraries, inc Central, Bulwell, Dales (Sneinton), Hyson Green & Wollaton. List of Nottingham County libraries, inc Arnold, Beeston, Mansfield, Worksop and Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Show poster, with a painting of a sad-looking tiger. Main text is: "SMILE. Augustus the tiger was sad. He had lost his smile. A delightful musical advenure for children aged 3 - 5 and their families."