Book Sharing Initiative: Cool Book Swap Fridges

**contributed by Nova Gibson

Last year I did an online PD course through the National Library. We were asked to identify a need and come up with a plan to mitigate that need. After discussions with staff at our school, I discovered that many children were arriving at school with inadequate oral language which impacted negatively on their reading and writing. I discovered also that fewer than a third of our students are regular users of the public library. Conversations with parents and children showed that barriers are fear of lost books and subsequent fines, distance, and parents’ working hours.

I had always been passionate about pop-up libraries and wondered if this concept could be part of the solution. I approached the three pre-schools bordering our school and asked if they’d like a pop-up library. They were enthusiastic about the concept and these have been going well for over six months. I have also organised the painting and placement of four ‘Cool Book Swap’ fridges in the community. These broken fridges have been saved from the landfill and repurposed as pop-up libraries on streets in our community of Massey/Henderson/Ranui. Our facebook page has photos
The pop-up libraries all have a ‘minder’ who will inform me if stocks are getting low and I will buy books at the Salvation Army op shops to refill the libraries. Books have also been donated.

Books on the Bus Supports Auckland Writers Festival

One of the most exciting things happening this year is Auckland Writers Festival from16 to 21 May. To show our support, Books on the Bus NZ is doing a themed book drop. We kicked it off yesterday, after coming back from the Easter holiday and will continue dropping books until next week.

Curious about the titles we’re working with? Here’s the complete list

Drops Done:

  • The Mothers by Brit Bennett – 1 copy dropped in Smales Farm Busway Station
  • Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Witi Ihimaera – dropped on the 881 to the city
  • The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman – On the Green City Bus
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Sky Tower Bus Stop
  • All Visitors Ashore by C.K. Stead – Victoria Park Bus Station

We also did some drops as the New Zealand Book Fairy (follow us there for non-transport station book drops!):

  • Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – Dropped at Elliott Stables
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Dropped at Griffiths Gardens

We still have the following titles coming out this week:

  • Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
  • Clarice Bean: Don’t Look Now by Lauren Child
  • Clarice Bean Spells Trouble by Lauren Child
  • Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
  • Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
  • Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay
  • The Hidden Room by Stella Duffy
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman
  • Shifting Colours by Fiona Sussman
  • The Last Time We Spoke by Fiona Sussman

Because there’s a special Harry Potter event, we will also do the following J.K. Rowling titles:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


We received a great deal of support from many New Zealand publishers who gave us multiple copies of some books, so thanks to Hachette NZ, Penguin Random House and Allen & Unwin, we will be doing some book giveaways for Holding Up the Universe, The World is Flat, The Mothers, Gemina and All the Bright Places. This is to give those who don’t take public transport and those who live outside Auckland a chance to get some of these wonderful titles. Please continue checking our blog and our social media channels for your chance to win.


It is also with great joy that we announce that this themed book drop will come with several golden tickets. We’re planting 4 Golden Tickets — 2 of these will be for 1 general event tickets and 2 will be for double passes to general events. We will also be doing some promos to win the passes through our social media platforms.

Here’s your chance to score 1 general event pass right now. Just comment on this blog post telling us what event you plan to join for this year’s AWF. We will pick the winner next week!

(Please note that prize for this promo is for the pass only. While it is open to anyone in New Zealand, Books on the Bus NZ will not be responsible for other associated costs with attending the festival)

Hope everyone enjoys the wonderful gems you find in buses, trains, ferries, bus stops and train stations!




Coming Soon: The Proud Book Nerd Store

Hope everyone’s having an awesome weekend!

To off-set some of our cost, we’ve decided to sell some booky items online. Can’t decide on the name yet, but I’m leaning towards The Proud Book Nerd!

Aside from books, my other love is hand-made jewelry and these are some of my personal favourites. I have also commissioned my usual clay artist to work on some amazing bookmarks. Since these are made with love, it will take some time to finish all our orders, so we’re expecting to start selling on TradeMe by the end of May or in early June. But to feed your curiosity, here’s a preview of what we’ll have:

Hoping for your usual support!



Win A Signed Copy of Fiona Sussman’s Shifting Colours

We hope you enjoyed this week’s book drop of Fiona Sussman’s books! If you missed it or weren’t lucky enough to pick up one in a bus stop or in our other secret hiding places, here’s your chance to win a special copy for you to keep!

When the author graciously donated her books to Books on the Bus NZ, we asked her to sign two copies. We will be giving those away today — one through Facebook and another one through Twitter.

For a chance to win a signed copy of SHIFTING COLOURS, please comment below (in this blog post only) about why you love books and why you want this book to be part of your collection. We will choose a winner on Friday, 14th of April.

Shifting Colours is set against the violet apartheid South Africa to the late 20th Century Britain — tracing the lives of a mother and daughter separated by heart-rendering circumstances. It is a story of secrets, love and loss. The book was part of Amazon’s Rising Stars of 2014 Pick as well as in Sainsbury’s Best Debut Novel Collection for 2014.

We hope the winner enjoys this wonderful read. Please comment below to enter the competition!

*For a chance to win the signed copy of The Last Time We Spoke, please follow us on Twitter and Retweet our competition tweet.


  • Entering your details means you agree to the terms and conditions
  • Entering a comment is considered a submission.
  • One submission per person
  • Competition closes 11:59PM (NZ Time) on 14th of April 2017.
  • Winner will be announced on Monday, 17th April 2017.
  • Winner will be contacted using the email address they have indicated in the comment area.
  • The winner will have 48 hours to confirm with their delivery details by replying before another winner is chosen
  • Email address must be correct.
  • This competition is open to anyone residing in New Zealand only.
  • The book will be sent by courier to the address given by the winner no later than the 21st of the month. Courier fee will be handled by Books on the Bus NZ.





The Golden Ticket Promo

Starting 01 April, we are launching the Golden Ticket promo. This is our nod to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Like that childhood favourite, book finders may find a golden ticket in their books.

The ticket will be equivalent to different prizes. It will have instructions to contact Books on the Bus NZ to find out what the prize will be. For our very first Golden Ticket, we worked with Auckland Live, who provided a family pass to The 13-Storey Treehouse production.

The ticket was inserted in the book version and we did a themed drop for children’s books for two days. It was finally picked up in Glendale Mall! Unlike our usual book drops, we had to make sure that the finder would have kids — thus, this was a bit different from our usual drops.