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With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611

Bus stops in Thessaloniki are turned into innovative libraries

There are not only smart bus stops which provide real time information about the itineraries and oncoming buses, but there are also alternative smart bus stops which provide knowledge and entertainment. Five bus stops in Filiro, Thessaloniki are transformed into innovative sites for reading. This project is part of an idea of public authority of the Municipality Pilea – Hortiati and aims to turn old and made of stone bus stops into innovative libraries.

The first bus stop – library has already set up in Filiro and more than 100 books have been placed on its shelves. In the next days, the redevelopment works of the rest four bus stops in Filiro are expected to be completed.

“This project is a novel attempt for Greece. We turn old bus stops into libraries in the district of Filiro. We have placed selves full of books, a waiting bench, a stand for newspapers and magazines and a noticeboard for displaying the events of the Municipality” said Mr. Ignatios Kaitetzidis – Mayor of the Municipality Pilea – Hortiati. He also mentioned that passengers have the ability to take away a book, to read it during the journey, to keep it for a couple of days and then to return it. In addition, it would be a nice idea, if passengers returned not only the book that they have lent but also a book from their library with an interesting story that they read.

During the summer, another one bus stop – library in Panorama is planned to be constructed. In addition, the possibility of extending this project in other bus stops of OASTH in the wider area of the Municipality will be considered.

The project was implemented after cooperation with the organization “Citizen’s Movement of Filiro”. This organization has “adopted” the first bus stop – library, in order to look on it on daily basis, to provide it with books and if there is an issue to inform the Municipality of Pilea – Hortiati.

Source: LIFO

The LIFE GYM [LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611] project is co-funded by the LIFE programme, the EU financial instrument for the environment.


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Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months

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