By Brad Segall
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – SEPTA says there are now about two dozen regional rail stations in the suburbs that have makeshift libraries giving riders a chance to connect with each other through their love of books.
It’s a very informal program and very simple to operate. More and more riders are taking part in this unofficial give-a-book/take-a-book program. It started with a ticket seller at the Cornwells Heights Station in Bensalem, Pa. who several years ago brought her own books. Now riders are also donating.
“It’s not only a great way to recycle old books and keep them in circulation, but it’s a great thing for riders to be able to take part in especially if they forget their book at home,” SEPTA spokeswoman Kristin Geiger said.
All they ask is that if you take a book to read on the train, make sure you bring it back or add another book to the shelf for other commuters to enjoy. Depending on the station, the libraries are managed by riders, ticket sellers and even community groups.