Have you heard of bookcrossing? It’s the practice of leaving books in public places so that others can pick them up, enjoy them, then return or place them in a new spot for the next reader. This book sharing movement has expanded to leaving books on public transportation and is a fast-growing global effort by the Books on the Move campaign. I found out about it when I read “Turning Public Transportation into Mobile Libraries” on Public Libraries Online. (Check it out here.)
Hollie Fraser started this latest trend in bookcrossing in 2012 when she began leaving behind copies of books she had enjoyed on London subways for others to read. She established Books On the Underground and before long, authors and publishers were donating additional copies for readers to find and share. The idea caught on and a year later, Fraser and Rosy Kehdi started Books On The Subway in New York City. Books On The T is the Boston version of the program and enlists volunteers called “book fairies” who hide books for readers to find all around the stations, then use social media to promote the locations.
Fraser and Kehdi have helped the bookcrossing movement on public transportation to expand to many major cities the United States, Europe, Australia and Canada.
Isn’t this cool? Have you seen this happening in your town or city?
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