Book fairy comes to Auck­land

Central Leader - - SPORT - AMANDA SAX­TON

Auck­land’s pub­lic trans­port will soon be im­prov­ing.

At least, there will be some lucky com­muters able to while away time on board with a free book, courtesy of a Books on the Bus move­ment.

In­spired by Books on the Un­der­ground, Lon­don’s ver­sion, sup­ported by ac­tress Emma Wat­son, Jade-Ceres Munoz kicked our ver­sion off on Jan­uary 12. She left Kiwi novel Mr Pip on a seat at Britomart train sta­tion; some­one picked it up and un­wit­tingly joined the move­ment.

In it, Munoz wrote: ‘‘Take this book. Read it. Then leave it for some­one else to en­joy. ‘‘Munoz signed her­self as a ‘‘book fairy’’. ‘‘Any­one can be a book fairy,’’ she said. ‘‘Just leave a book you loved some­where for an­other per­son to find and en­joy.’’

Munoz said she had al­ways been keen to make li­braries more ac­ces­si­ble, and saw the pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tem as an ideal venue. Af­ter see­ing a YouTube video of Emma Wat­son dash­ing around the Lon­don tube, hid­ing favourite books, Munoz con­tacted Books in the Un­der­ground. ‘‘They’ve en­cour­aged me to start the move­ment in Manila and Auck­land,’’ she said.

There is a page on givealit­tle.co.nz for the project which Munoz said would be used to raise funds for book buy­ing, and to make stick­ers ‘‘that would let peo­ple know not to hand these books in to lost prop­erty’’.

In­spired by an ini­tia­tive in Lon­don, Auck­land now has a book fairy at work.

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