Campaspe Regional Library has launched a pop-up library at Echuca Railway Station, ‘Reading Along the Lines’.By Trent Horneman
Campaspe Regional Library has found a new line to promote reading — the rail line.
The library service has launched ‘Reading Along the Lines’, a pop-up library at Echuca Railway Station.
As part of the program, the library will supply a selection of free pre-loved books and magazines for travellers to borrow for free.
Each book has a QR code, which when scanned, takes the borrower to the library’s website, where people can find details of other libraries ‘‘along the line’’.
Campaspe Shire’s library services manager Jenny Mustey said unlike a traditional library, the books don’t have to be returned, but could be shared with fellow travellers, friends or family.
Ms Mustey said the project was all about sharing the written word.
‘‘The service was inspired by the Book Crossing movement, where people send books out into the world,’’ she said.
‘‘Basically, if you love books, let them go and be shared.
‘‘It is about encouraging people to read while they travel, as well as seeking out other great libraries when they get to their destination.’’
Ms Mustey said the program also offered a practical use for superfluous library stock.
‘‘We might receive a donation of books which we already have enough copies. This program gives them another use, as well as promoting our library,’’ she said.
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