Chicago is one of the first America cities to reinvigorate the disappearing pastime of kicking back and reading a good book. Starting last week, the city’s L train became home to a moving library, offering a variety of page-turners to commuters and working on the honor system. Now, instead of seeing passengers burying their nose in their smartphones, locals can observe books back in the hands of readers.
So far, the program has been taking off on social media as people tweet about the books they’ve discovered on the rail. Chicago Ideas Week introduced the program to the Windy City and is encouraging folks to share their experiences on different platforms with the hashtag #BooksOnTheL. The idea had first taken off in London with the “Books on the Underground” program and then made its way to New York City.
The organizers have reportedly collected hundreds of books, including authors Martine Rothblatt, Michael Strahan, Sen. Claire McCaskill, and Scott Shane, all ready to be distributed and enjoyed throughout the city. Chicago Ideas Week ends soon, and one big question remains: What city will the mobile library hit next?