• You Have to Check Out This Pop-Up Library!

    Borrow and exchange books, listen to talks and even go on a blind date with a novel!
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .


  • Something exciting has just popped up in the metro that book-loving families should watch out for. It’s a pop-up library!

    Inaugurated last April 23 during the Dia del Libro festivities, The Book Stop is a portable public library where readers can exchange and borrow books for free. It’s also a great place to meet, discuss and, interact with fellow book lovers or, as we like to think, convince passers-by to join the fun. 

    “We want to take the idea of the library, and change the way that most people perceive it, by placing them in open, accessible areas,” reads the project’s description on the WTA Architecture & Design Studio website, the ones responsible for building and designing the pop-up library. The goal is to do a The Book Stop tour around the metro, visiting populous areas like malls, parks and commercial centers. 



    The Book Stop first set up at the Ayala Triangle in Makati for Dia del Libro, a reading event organized by Instituto Cervantes, where it was one of the event’s highlights. On May 14, they’ll be moving to their second location at Plaza De Roma in Intramuros. 

    It will only be staying at the Ayala Triangle until this Saturday, May 7, so they have loads of activities planned for the weekend. An Open Mic Poetry Night is scheduled on Thursday, May 5, hosted by Erica Laraya and featuring artists, poets and performers. On May 6 is a talk on travel and writing featuring Filipina author Alice Sun-Cua.

    And on May 7 is an event called “Blind Date with a Book.” People who come get to bring a book they own and exchange it for one in the library. There’s a catch--the books will be covered. All the books that will be brought and exchanged are wrapped in paper. There will only be keywords written on the wrapping to give clues on what the book is about. Ah, we love the mystery! 

    The Book Stop at Ayala Triangle is open everyday at 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. until May 7. Excited yet? Head on over to their Facebook page to learn more. 

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