Sunday, August 2, 2015

Jerusalem Street Library



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...

4 comments:

  1. 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!

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    1. 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.

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  2. Larger than the little street libraries we see here. Those temperatures are too hot!

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    1. Agreed, yes, too hot! But that library keeps growing every time I walk by.

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