Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Free Books for your Commute

If you're caught without a book on a NYC subway on the first Tuesday of the month, you're in luck. Buku Sarkar, founder of Choose What You Read NY, collects old books to redistribute in subway stations once a month. The Huffington Post describes the project as "part recycling effort, part recession relief, part literacy campaign, and all heart."

On the first distribution day, New Yorkers were skeptical of Sarkar's promise of "Free Books for your Commute," but within an hour Sakar had unloaded all 130 of the books she had available for distribution that day. Each of Sakar's books is marked with a green sticker, and Sakar hopes readers will return the volumes after they've finished reading them so they can be passed along to others.

Check out the website to support the cause with donations, either $$ or books.


rhapsodyinbooks said...

What a great idea. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

Anonymous said...

This is an awesome idea! I would love to see this in action, and will be making a donation. Thanks!!