• Being Boston: 'Books on the T' connecting local readers to local writers

    By: Kerry Kavanaugh


    BOSTON - There’s a traveling library on the T and it features local authors. 

    The unique literacy project, called ‘Books on the T’, is inspiring love for reading in an unexpected place. 

    “Forty-six percent of people read on the T,” explains co-founder Catherine Gaggioli, “They’re on their kindles, they’re reading library books, they’re reading school books, all that stuff. So we said, ‘it would totally work here.’”

    She got the idea from similar projects in New York and London and launched the project here about a year ago.  

    Gaggioli says there are now more than a thousand books circulating on this traveling library.

    So-called book fairies leave them on turnstiles, ticket machines and benches for waiting readers. You'll know one when you see the special sticker.

    They read, “take this book with you, read it, then return it at a T stop for someone else to enjoy.” 

    “We have fiction, we have non-fiction. We’ve done a lot of thrillers,” Gaggioli noted.  

    And they feature books about Boston or by Boston authors and creators -- like Scott Magoon.

    “It’s a great opportunity for as the creators of the book, the publishers of the book, for us to get the book out into the reader’s hands,” Magoon said. 

    We caught up with him as he was dropping off a copy of the children’s book he illustrated.

    “Rescue and Jessica: A Life Changing Friendship” is based on the true story of Jessica Kensky. She and her husband Patrick are Boston Marathon bombing survivors now teaching kids about life as amputees with their service dog named Rescue.

    “Then if they want, they can keep it or they can pass it along to another T-rider,” Magoon said. 

    The organization loves when they people let them know when they find a book.

    “We’re just trying to encourage the love of reading anywhere, anytime,” Gaggilio said. 

    They ask you share the book on social media using #booksonthet.

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