Books on the Bus NZ is a movement which aims to spread the love for reading in New Zealand by leaving new and used books throughout the country’s public transport systems – including buses, trains, ferries, bus stations, bus stops and train stations. Our mission is to make the library experience more mobile and accessible to the people of New Zealand. Books will be left on seats, benches, station signs, ticket areas and more. This will be accompanied by social media updates in the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages with the hashtag #booksonthebusnz
It all began when the local organizer, Jade-Ceres Munoz, saw a video of Emma Watson dropping books in London for Books on the Underground – which started in London in 2012. By January 2017, Books on the Bus NZ was born. Since then, we have received tremendous support from the people in Auckland, book clubs, New Zealand Booksellers Association, publishers and the press.
In March 2017, Books on the Bus officially joined the launch of the international book fairy movement with Jade being the first New Zealand book fairy. We did the Auckland book drops for Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf feminist books for International Women’s Day.
We are targeting to distribute at least 150 books every month, but we have far exceeded this target and have done at least 900 book drops in the last 3 months!
Books on the Bus NZ is a non-profit initiative run entirely on personal funds of the organiser and the generosity of our book donors and industry friends. Any help you can extend for advertising, book donations or monetary support is highly appreciated.