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  • Laurence Petit

    A “book forest” in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg, where old books can be left for new readers to discover. Photo by Béatrice de Géa for The New York Times. Michael Kimmelman pens an ode to Germany’s “D.I.Y. Culture” in the NYT. He inquires about the high volume of bookshops: Berliners looked nonplussed when I asked them to account for all the bookshops. Along with currywurst and nude saunas, bookstores have long been such a banal fact of life here, as they are across Germany, that only an ou

  • Sophie C-H

    The Giving Tree Made from reused trunks, some volunteers from the collective BauFachFrau installed in different parts of Berlin some functional and green stands for urban books. The initiative, which involved the social network BookCrosing book exchanges, aimed to create a sustainable urban furniture combining it with the promotion of reading in public space.

  • Jennifer King

    Berlin (Germany) book lovers make mini public libraries out of trees | Grist

  • Sharon Anderson

    Fallen Trees Turned Into Public Bookcases in Berlin Back in 2008, BAUFACHFRAU (a co-op of apprentices of forestry, carpentry, cabinetmaking, media design, printing and bookselling) sought to create the first public bookcase in Berlin, Germany. Using fallen trees, they created a series of bookshelves using the trunk as a stand and housing for books. Dubbed the ‘Book Forest’, the public bookcase made books available to the public through a program called ‘Bookcrossing.’ The initiative was recogniz

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