My name is Jade-Ceres Munoz and I recently moved to Auckland from Manila (been here about a year and a half now) , I just wanted to let you all know about an initiative I started called Books on the Bus NZ. If you’ve seen those videos of Emma Watson leaving books in the London Underground, that’s actually what inspired me to do this in New Zealand. I contacted the people she worked with — Books on the Underground — and they said they were happy for me to do this here.
So, in January 2017 I started the movement. So far, we’ve collected about 1,000 book donations from individuals, publishers and authors. The public, the press and different organisations across New Zealand have also been very supportive. The concept is simple, we leave books in any public transport system for anyone to find — these include buses, trains, ferries, bus stops and train stations. They can take it home, read and enjoy the books and put it back in any other public transport for others to find.
We worked with Emma Watson in March to spread books across Auckland for International Women’s Day. I was part of the international launch of The Book Fairies and is officially NZ’s first book fairy. It has been a wonderful adventure from the start and I would love to invite any book lovers out there to join us. You can contact us through Facebook (or our website, launching this week — www.booksonthebus.nz) to request for stickers so you can start spreading your books wherever you are. We give these away for free. If you don’t use public transport, you can always just send us your used books and we’ll do the distribution for you!
Any support you can offer is greatly appreciated. To find out more about Books on the Bus, please visit:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksonthebusnz/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/booksonthebusnz
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/booksonthebusnz/
- NZ Herald Article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11824917