Books are just awesome. We’ve heard people say that physical books may be a thing of the past, but there’s something so very satisfying about picking up and reading a real good book.
There is even something special about giving that book to someone else, even someone you don’t even know.
A neighborhood in Berlin found a great new way to promote literacy and books. Residents of the area happilyparticipate in a free book exchange that happens in an unlikely and unique place.
This cluster of trees in the middle of a sidewalk is called “The Berlin Book Forest.”
These trees are used as a free book exchange for residents in the area.
There are a few shelves in the trees, with plastic covers to protect the books from any bad weather.
There are a variety of books exchanged in the kiosk, in both German and English, with genres ranging from children’s lit to contemporary fiction.
The Book Forest’s purpose is to encourage literacy in the surrounding area, and it became very popular.
It became so popular that it was originally supposed to only stay in its place from 2006 to 2008, and still stands today.
This is a really awesome idea, and a great way for books and reading to become more central in communities.
Imagine an entire forest full of these book trees. If you love books, would you ever want to leave it? 🙂
As society changes, it’s important to stay connected to others and to things that matter. Like reading.
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