My Little Bookcase Book-Drop

By all accounts, International Book Giving Day 2015 was another huge success and, as always, we were excited to take part once again.

In past years we have sent books to friends, continued a perpetual book and donated books to the Ronald McDonald House in Melbourne.

This year we wanted to try something different. Inspired by the Free Little Library in our local area we wanted to anonymously drop books for strangers to find and read. So we set about organising our own book-drop.

We created parcels of books, wrapping them in plastic to protect them from Melbourne’s torrential downpour.

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

Attached to our parcels were instructions, which we wrote onto little heart shaped post-it notes (it was Valentine’s Day after all). We also included official bookmarks and bookplates, which we downloaded from the IBGD website.

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

After filling our car boot with the books, we set about our day, leaving behind us a trail of books.
We left books in local playgrounds

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

…on park benches and malls (Cammy quite enjoyed trying to go unnoticed by members of the public)

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

…and at bus stops, cafes and shopping centres.

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

We were excited to take part in International Book Giving Day and loved the nature of our choice of giving. However, we didn’t quite expect the thrill and anticipation that we encountered. On our route back home from lunch at a local cafe, we drove past a bus stop and noticed that the books we had left there had been taken. It planted a seed of curiosity and we began to re-trace our steps in search of answers. We wanted to know if our books were being claimed by new owners, and we were excited when we discovered that some had.

Funnily enough, we discovered that some of the books had been handed to a shopping centre cleaner as lost property and realised that our notes could have been a little more direct; Though it was also heartening to realise that there are many good people in the world who have no desire to take what isn’t theirs.

If you’re looking for a way to take part in International Book Giving Day in 2016, we highly recommend a Book-Drop, but there’s nothing stopping you from dropping some books tomorrow.

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My Little Bookcase Book-Drop

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  1. My newsagent forgot to keep me the paper & CD/book which included Snow White (my little grand-daughter is devastated). I have bought all other papers & CD/books in the collection. How can I secure a copy of the Snow White CD/book to make the collection complete ?

  2. I loved reading this blog post. Such a sweet and generous idea. It looked like Cammy had a great time secretly delivering all the books. So funny that some where handed in to the shopping centres. I think your notes were pretty self-explanatory!

  3. Such an inspiring post. I’ll be lifting my International Book Giving Day game next year.

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