Promoting books on Trabzon buses .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} TRABZON - For the benefit of passengers, buses plying the 45-minute route between the Black Sea city of Trabzon and the provincial town of Of are now offering customers books to read as part of a regional campaign.

Nuri Okutan, the governor of Trabzon, said that within the scope of the "Trabzon Reads" campaign, they have been organizing "reading hours" at schools, civil buildings and mosques.

The latest application of the campaign, with the collaboration of Of Municipality, is placing books behind seats on buses making the Trabzon-Of run. Tuncay Sonel, provincial head of Of, said they have been collaborating with Governor Okutan’s campaign since it began, and the books on the buses is just the latest link in the chain.

Vigilant about reading
Sonel said they were vigilant about the "reading hours" at schools and civil foundations. "We motivate our workers who attend the reading hours by giving them free tickets to the movies.

Every month we reward 26 students who read the most from the 26 schools of the province with books and gold." Sonel said they were enriching the school libraries with donations from benefactors.

Sonel also said they offered reading material to bus passengers based on their age, sex and profession. "We have a wide range of books that have been offered to the public, from cook books to children’s health, jokes to poems, fairy tales to Turkish and world classics."

Sonel said their first impression was that people were enjoying the books. "At this rate, bus travel will be among the alternatives of garnering knowledge," said Sonel.