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Gdansk turns trams into mobile libraries

PR dla Zagranicy
Nick Hodge 04.01.2013 12:26
A fleet of new trams in Gdansk, northern Poland, has been provided with books from local libraries in a bid to promote reading.

Photo: PAP/Adam Warzawa

“Every method of promoting reading is of value,” commented mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz, during Thursday's inauguration of the new trams, as quoted by the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

He argued that “a permanent fashion for reading books is needed, as unfortunately, we don't belong to those European nations which read a great deal.”

Some 35 trams will be carrying books, and librarians took trouble to choose a wide variety of titles.

“There are examples of all genres, for all age-groups,” assured Pawel Braun, director of Gdansk's Municipal and Regional Library.

Special nets have been fitted to the backs of seats, so as to accommodate the books.

Braun added that he hoped that members of the public might supplement the mobile collection with books that they personally recommended.

The longest journey one-way journey that can be taken on a Gdansk tram lasts about an hour, allowing passengers time enough to get engrossed in a book. (nh)

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