Pass-the-book scheme encourages reading

16:00, Nov 12 2012
Pass the book
BENEVOLENT BOOKS: Literacy Whangarei voluntary tutor Florence Saunders, right, gives a book to Zela Charlton as part of the Travelling Books project.

Free books have been given away as part of a promotion to encourage a love of reading.

More than 100 "Travelling Books" started their life in the city last week after being handed out by Literacy Whangarei to passers-by.

The Travelling Books project is supported by New Zealand Post and Literacy Aotearoa to spread the joy of reading.

The new books are given away on the condition people read them and pass them on - either to someone they know or by leaving them in a dry public place for someone else to find.

Literacy Whangarei voluntary tutor Florence Saunders says the feedback from people has been very positive.

Nearly 100 different titles including children's books, young adult fiction, adult fiction and adult non-fiction were given away on Monday, November 5.


"People just love the idea. We're sharing the love of reading and seeing how far these books go."

People who receive the books are encouraged to fill in a form online to show where the books have travelled to.

Literacy Whangarei manager Will Monk says the idea is to encourage community literacy and reading. Some 25,000 adults in Whangarei district require assistance with literacy, he says.

Zela Charlton says the project is an excellent idea.

"Anything that helps promote a love of books is really good," she says.

Holly Robson was pleased to be able to take some books.

"It's actually a really cool idea, I quite like it - I'm a big reader," she says.

Whangarei Leader