Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture is pleased to announce the return of BookCrossing Events on Thursday 21st July, Thursday 4th August and Thursday 11th August at Casemates Square from 8pm-11pm as part of the Summer Nights programme. The stand will be located in front of Watergate House, Casemates Square.
Members of the public will be able to bring and to take books that others have “released”. John Mackintosh Hall library staff will be available at the venue for any questions that people may have or to discuss the idea in general. Children are also encouraged to exchange books, but they must be accompanied by an adult.
Book-Crossing is defined as "the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise. The concept began in order to encourage the aim to "make the whole world a library." The idea was originally conceived in 2001 and has expanded and grown throughout the world.
The initiative has developed so that books are "set free" into public places or hotspots where others will “catch” them. Books may be left at “Official Book-Crossing Zones" (OBCZs) which can be located in coffee shops, cafes, restaurants and other public places. The purpose of these locations is to get members in the area to leave books to share with the public.
Book-Crossing introduces readers to authors and genres that they may not have read before. It also encourages more people to take up or reclaim reading as a hobby.