Although books are considered things of the past, there is nothing more satisfying than picking up and reading a very good book. And, it becomes even more special when the book is given by someone else, even if that someone is somebody you don’t even know.
In Berlin, a neighborhood found a new way to promote literacy and this is through books. Locals happily exchange books in an odd yet unique place. It is basically a cluster of trees in the middle of the sidewalk, popularly called “The Berlin Book Forest”.
Using these trees, residents can freely exchange books with strangers.
This kiosk is built from fallen trees. They are clustered to appear like a group of trees.
In each of the trees, there are a few shelves, some of them are covered with plastic covers to protect the books from harsh weather conditions.
There is a variety of books found in the Kiosk. While some are written in German, others are in English. The genres also range from contemporary fiction to children’s literature.
The purpose of The Book Forest is to promote literacy within the area. However, it later became very popular.
Originally, the plan was to keep it there from 2006 to 2008. But as it became so popular, locals decided to keep it as is.
This is really a great way to encourage reading in communities.
Watch how useful The Book of Forest is to the locals of Berlin:
Check out how others share their books in the links below: