Taxi-library in northern city promotes book-reading

A taxi-driver in the northern city of Rasht has accommodated his car with books in a bid to encourage his passengers to read while travelling in his taxi.

Sahel Filsoof who has turned his shuttle taxi into a mobile library, believes that people could overcome many of their problems through reading books.

“The idea to accommodate my taxi with books hit me a long time ago,” Filsoof told the Islamic Republic News Agency correspondent in a recent interview.

“I thought reading books may provide the public with some mental fodder and by doing this, I could promote book-reading as well,” he said.

The fans of his taxi-library are mostly women and young men, he said.

He taxi exhibits 50 books on different subjects, including psychology, children and history.

“Books even get circulated among my fixed passengers,” he said.

According to Filsoof, he had asked the authorities in the public libraries across the Province of Gilan to support his move and he has been granted scores of books to increase the quality of his mobile library.

“When I come across a passenger who asks me for the book he or she had read during the last ride to continue reading, I just realize I am doing a good job.”