NS and Tijd voor Lezen (Time to Read)
NS supports 3 campaigns by the CPNB Foundation under the title 'Tijd voor Lezen' (Time to Read).
Each year on the last Sunday of Book Week, more than 200,000 people travel by train for free upon display of the Book Week Gift book. In 2016, NS organised the event for the 16th year in a row, and travelers were able to travel for free with the book Broer by Esther Gerritsen. See the Boekenweek 2016 - a look back here.
Book Week 2017 will run from 25 March to 2 April. The author of this year's Book Week gift book is Hermann Koch. Read more about the Book Week and the free travel Sunday here.
NS Public Prize
The NS Publieksprijs is the prize for the best book, as chosen by the public. The winning book is named Book of the Year. Over the past few years, the NS Publieksprijs has grown to be the biggest public prize in the Netherlands.
A committee of booksellers and librarians chooses 6 books from a list of the most popular books from the past year: these are the 6 nominees. The NS Publieksprijs for the best Dutch book is awarded to the book that receives the most votes from the public, as long as the book is also on the list chosen by the jury of 250 readers. The author of the winning book receives a sculpture by Jeroen Henneman, a cash prize of € 7,500 and an NS Business Card for 1st class.
In 2016, a record number of 118,312 people cast a vote for the NS Publieksprijs. The announcement of the nominees and the winner is traditionally presented on the television programme 'De Wereld Draait Door'. The winner of the 'Book of the Year 2016’ award is Pogingen iets van het leven te maken, by Herman Groen.
The NS Publieksprijs 2017 will run from 25 October to 22 November.
Children's Book Week
In addition to the Book Week (Boekenweek) and the NS Publieksprijs, since 2014 NS has also supported the Kinderboekenweek (Children's Book Week). NS had already been involved in the Kinderboekenweek from 2001 to 2009.
For many children, a train journey is not just a memorable experience. During the journey, the children and their parents and/or grandparents have time for each other, and to read together.
In 2015, NS organised the Nationale Kinderboekenruil (National Children's Book Exchange) at Utrecht Central station for the first time. More than 1,200 children's books changed hands. This year, three new NS stations will host the Kinderboekenruil event: Amsterdam, Arnhem and Breda.
The Kinderboekenweek 2017 will be held from Wednesday, 4 October to Sunday, 15 October 2017.