Bis-Man transit adds a new “Read and Ride” bus to the streets of Bismarck so people can grab a book during their commute.
Bis-Man Transit Executive Director, Roy Rickert, came up with an idea six months ago to turn a bus, into a little free library.
“The purpose of having the books on the bus is to get more people reading. A lot of places will put WiFi on the buses and things like that. We just feel that more people reading is a good idea. It gives you a way to enjoy the ride,” Rickert said.
Tracee Grosz and her daughter often use public transportation to go to the library
“We use the bus in town here. My daughter uses it when she leaves high school. Now she is in college. We normally take it to the library,” Grosz said.
Now they can get double the amount of reading in a day.
While Grosz and her daughter are on their way to the library they can start reading early by reading books on this bus.
“We go to the library a lot to do research for a lot of her papers for school. You can see just about anything online but there is nothing like a book. Actually holding a book and looking around writing your own information,” Grosz said.
There are five organizations sponsoring the bus wrap throughout Bismarck and Mandan.
Administrators hope to add books on more buses in the future.
Bis-Man transit is looking for book donations.
If you want to help, you can drop books off at the transit depot located at 3750 E. Rosser Avenue.