Many thanks to Buku Sarkar at ReLitNY for this article.
Read, Recycle, Repeat Literature In Transit
ReLIT NY (previously Choose What You Read NY) is a donation and recycling program that gives out free books to New Yorkers. You don’t have to come to us. We’ll come to you. Find us at major commuter hubs every month handing out hundreds of assorted books to anyone who wants a good read.
We make reading more convenient. No time to go to the library? No budget for the bookstore? Just take a free book from us on your way to the train, to work or wherever you may be headed.. Don’t worry about how long it takes you to read it. There are no due-dates, registration fees or sign-up sheets.We are 100% catch-free. We aren’t tracking the books. If you don’t wish to keep it in the future, you may return it in any one of our drop boxes or back to us the following month. But returning a book is not obligatory.
All our books are donated by the public and we typically carry a wide range of books from best-selling fiction, to classics; from history to self-help guides (and a small selection of children’s books as well).. We collect your gently used books from key drop-off locations, which we then hand out to the public with the help of volunteers.
In this way, we not only recycle your old books that would have been otherwise thrown out, but we also hope to encourage and spread the love of reading.
At the heart of our program, ReLIT NY aims to revive books as a medium of arts and entertainment in this digital age. We encourage and promote reading to all age groups and provide free and easy access of reading material to the public.
At the same time, we aim to discourage the vast quantities of unwanted books that are thrown out and often never recycled properly. We hope that our program will facilitate in the sharing of old and unwanted books and provide not only a cost-free but an environmentally friendly reading option as well.