While walking to my Ulpan (Hebrew school) in Jerusalem this morning, I passed by this street library set up in an old bus station.
Of course I was immediately charmed and would have loved to stop and browse but, alas, I had to be on time for my lesson. Still, I snapped this picture and maybe, if I manage to leave for school a bit earlier, I can browse tomorrow. Later in the day is not conducive to browsing because temperatures in Jerusalem are currently insanely hot at 41C (106F) by midday, so all I want to do is scurry from one air-conditioned site to the next.
Just passing by I spotted a bunch of English books (It will be a long time before I can read Hebrew books!).
Not that I need to have any more books but still, I love this idea of having a “station” where you can deposit books you no longer want and can stop for a few minutes to browse and perhaps pick up a volume.
Of course, this set up works particularly well in a country where it doesn’t rain much and not at all for one half of the year. I’ll be passing by there for the next two weeks, so if I find something intriguing, I shall report!
Happy reading, even in the heat…
We saw the same kind of place in England. However, it was smaller–all the books on shelves in one of the old red telephone booths. I wanted to stop and browse but my husband hurried me along to keep on schedule!
I did read about those small lending libraries in England. I just think it's such fun to encounter books on a street corner, just like that.
Larger than the little street libraries we see here. Those temperatures are too hot!
Agreed, yes, too hot! But that library keeps growing every time I walk by.