Free books will be planted on trains and street libraries in Sydney on Valentine’s Day

IT’S the sweetest Valentine’s Day gift of all. Hundreds of books will be planted on public transport and in street libraries across Sydney tomorrow to spark love affairs of a different kind.-MelbourneTv

HUNDREDS of books will be planted on public transport and in street libraries across Sydney tomorrow to spark love affairs of a different kind.

Penguin Random House has teamed up with Books on the Rail and Street Library for the Blind Date with a Book campaign, which aims to brighten up February 14 with a brilliant and unexpected read.

Wrapped in bright orange paper with the words “Open Me”, hundreds of local and international Penguin Random House titles will be placed on trains, buses and in street libraries to be discovered by lucky passers-by.

“We’re encouraging people to try an author or genre they wouldn’t normally, simply by picking it up! It’s a blind date you don’t even have to dress up for and there’s a lot less pressure,” said Ali Hampton of Penguin Random House.

Hundreds of local and international titles will be gift wrapped with the title obscured, meaning those lucky enough to find one won’t be able to judge a book by its cover.Source:Supplied

Penguin will also be placing books in more than 50 street libraries from Paddington to Nowra, giving residents a chance to discover this fast-growing volunteer-run resource.

Street Library founded Nic Lowe said the Blind Date campaign was a great way to raise awareness of street libraries, which encourage reading and help build community connection.

“The purpose of Street Libraries is to share books among your neighbours and with people who serendipitously happen to be walking by,” he said.

“They create community places of sharing, it’s the equivalent of putting a bench outside your house where people can stop on their way to somewhere else, except it’s a little box of literacy on your doorstep.”

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