Friday, October 14, 2005

Book Club on the bus


Article from the Edmonton Journal about a library initiative there that`s pretty creative...

Another fun initiative (that COULD include books and buses) is BookCrossing. You can check out their Ottawa site at:

Basically with this, people register books they`ve read and don`t need anymore with this site stating where they will leave them and then `release` them into the wild. Someone who is interested in reading the book picks it up.


Read 'n' Ride - Edmonton Public Library to start book clubs on city buses
DATE: 2005.10.13

EDMONTON (CP) _ Book clubs meeting on comfortable home sofas or plush coffee shop chairs will relocate to the vibrating seats of a city bus if a proposed literacy program succeeds.

The Edmonton Public Library, in conjunction with Edmonton Transit Services, hopes to launch Read `n' Ride book clubs next spring.

Sherryl Petterson, manager of marketing and communications for the Edmonton Public Library, said the point is to build on a trend that already exists in the city.

``Some buses apparently do have groups of people who have formed book clubs,'' Petterson said. ``We know that there is a bus that comes through the Riverbend area that has a number of people who were all strangers that read on the bus. They started riding together and talking about books. They even loan each other books.''

Library and transit officials will introduce the idea next week during National Library Week to see if it generates interest.

Members of the bus-riding book clubs could have access to members-only events and private reading lists, Petterson said.

Although the book club program won't begin until 2006, staff plan to celebrate this year's National Library Week by offering commuters a good read.

Ride `n' Read will dole out free books at five Edmonton locations from October 17 to 21. The program aims to promote adult literacy.

A Statistics Canada report released in May said 42 per cent of Canadians aged 16 to 65 have low-level literacy skills.

``From the library's perspective, it's just to get more people to read anything,'' Petterson said. ``We're handing out free books that day so people can choose whatever they want.

``From transit's perspective they know people that read on the bus have a more enjoyable ride. It gets them to work relaxed. It gets them home relaxed.''

(Edmonton Journal)


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