The Postcrossing Book Club at Reuver's Library
Today we have another great story of members using Postcrossing in an unusual way - with inspiring results!
The librarians, employees and volunteers of De Bibliotheek Reuver (The Library of Reuver), in the Netherlands, started a Postcrossing-inspired book club! Here's how it works: they've asked every postcrosser that sent them a card to name the title(s) of their favourite book(s). When they receive the card, they search the suggested books and put in a special bookshelf, on top of which the received postcards are also displayed.
They've also set up a large map on the wall, where they put a copy of the postcards received, and a small profile of the sender. The postcards are connected to the countries by strings, to help children find out where they are! It looks great!
As visitors of the library walk by, they're free to choose a book from this shelf and read it, effectively picking up reading tips from all over the world! :)
Ellis (aka TheBusyLibrarian) tells us "Our readers like the book club as it gives them new or at least unexpected titles. They also like the idea that somebody took the time to name their favorite and recommend a really good/interesting book. (..) Old and new titles appear on these favorite lists. Most we have in our collection."
The Reuver's Library Postcrossing book club has recently been featured on the De Limburger newspaper - you can read the article (in Dutch) here. They're also planning to organise a meetup soon, to introduce visitors to Postcrossing, and help them get started. If you're the area, and would like to help or just get together with other postcrossers, get in touch with TheBusyLibrarian for more details.
Well done Ellis, and everyone at the the Reuver's Library team! Big thumbs up for this initiative! :)