Book fairy comes to Auckland
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.