NS and Tijd voor Lezen (Time to Read)
NS supports three 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. For many train travelers and day tourists, the event has become a regular tradition.
The Boekenweek 2017 will run from 25 March to 2 April. So the free travel day will be Sunday, 2 April 2017. Note it in your agenda today!
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 book sellers 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 of Jeroen Henneman, a cash prize of € 7,500 and an NS jaarabonnement for 1st class.
Each year, around 90,000 people vote for the NS Publieksprijs. The announcement of the nominees and the winner is presented on the television programme 'De Wereld Draait Door'.
The NS Publieksprijs 2016 runs from 26 October to 23 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. As well as time 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 1200 children's books changed hands. This year, three NS stations will host the Kinderboekenruil .