The Second Life of a Book 2018 – the calendar announced!

The Second Life of a Book campaign is now in its seventh year! Last year, 15 editions were held over twelve months with 1500 participants who swapped more than 10 000 books, and bookcrossing shelves were placed in a number of new locations. The book swapping culture is in ever better shape – book exchange meetings inspired by our campaign were held during fairs, literary festivals and culture events in Małopolska and beyond.

The calendar of free book swapping events to be held in 2018 will be of interest to all – we will meet 14 times in variety of attractive locations. Seven special edition events will be organised, including a comic book exchange during the Krakow Comic Book Festival, a book exchange in Decius Park and an English book exchange in the Massolit bookstore. In 2018, book swapping events will be held traditionally at the Regional Public Library and the Wyspiański Pavilion, but also at the ‘Ogniwo’ Cooperative, the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, the Outdoor Cinema during the Off Camera Film Festival and the Central Fair in Nowa Huta.

The Second Life of a Book self-service bookcrossing shelves will also be put up during the Miłosz and Conrad Festivals. The 1:1 rule applies to using the bookcrossing shelves– for each book you take from a bookcrossing shelf, you must leave another.

The rules for participating in the Second Life of a Book project are very simple: participants have to bring at least one book, but no more than ten. The condition of the books you want to swap is important – you bring your books so that other people can read them. Books published before 1995 can be exchanged only for other books published before that year. If you bring new books (published after 1995) you can choose freely from new and older books.

Stop wasting books that you have got bored with. Pass them on and find a new owner for them. And who knows, you might even find a literary gem for yourself. Please, join us at the swapping events!

The complete events calendar along with the rules and regulations are available on the website: www.drugiezycieksiazki.pl


The Second Life of a Book campaign is organised by the Krakow Festival Office – the operator of the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature programme.

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