Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Book Stop Project Philippines















I cannot remember where did I exactly learn about The Book Stop Project. The nearest I can recall is is within the newsfeed of my Facebook account. I saw the concept being installed in the gardens of Ayala Triangle. The Book Stop Project is like a mobile library that implements a unique system of acquiring and borrowing books. Anyone can borrow books, no need for identification and other documents. Borrowers can also return the books at their own convenience.  It's an open library that implements a complete honesty system. In order to increase and maintain the collections, anyone can likewise donate books. Gather your books and just leave them on the shelves. 

I was surprised to see a number of college kiddies eagerly browsing and enjoying the few collections left. A proof that there's still love and life to print! My attention was also caught by a few street kids sharing and enjoying the hardbound story and picture books. And contrary to your fears, they didn't take away the books. I stayed for a while and was amazed by the discipline instilled on them. They returned and even volunteered to arrange the books on the shelves. 

I highly encourage everyone to share a few items from your book collections. The place is also a good avenue for the KonMari disciples. :p If you have books that do not anymore spark joy, leave it on the shelves of The Book Project. It will surely give joy to another eager reader. Some of your books may just be consuming space, collecting dust and mites. Give your old and excess books a new life by sharing them to another hungry reader. :) There are no restrictions as to the type of book you can donate. But of course, the project may not be the best place for your FHM magazines and the like. :p As I have said, the library is open for anyone .... even for kids. :) 

The Book Stop Project is currently housed at Plaza de Roma in Intramuros, Manila. It's the park fronting the Manila Cathedral, Palacio del Gobernador (the building that houses the Commission on Elections) and restored building of Ayutamiento de Manila (currently the home of Bureau of Treasury). I love the location because I'm one of the few old souls who still appreciate parks with a backdrop of the old and magnificent architectural structures of Manila. 

For those who want to share their books for this project but are constrained by time to visit Intramuros, I can offer a little assistance. You can send a few books to my address and I can leave the books for you. Just feel free to drop me an email. Although I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO VISIT and EXPERIENCE the sharing process for yourself. Your visit to Intramuros will not go to waste after all. There are several things to do in Intramuros apart from leaving your books. The Fort Santiago is just across the street of Plaza Roma. A few blocks from the Manila Cathedral is the San Agustin Church that houses its own museum, the classic cobblestones, Silahis Center, Babara's Restaurant, Puerta Real Garden, and the famous walls that give you a picture perfect view of Manila.  Just ensure that you bring a fully charged camera and mobile phone. Your Instagram and Facebook feed will look good after a trip from Intramuros. :P Skip the mall on one weekend and spend a day tour in Intramuros.

Credit goes to WTA Architecture and Design Studio for the structure of The Book Stop Project. You can directly contact them should you wish to become a regular book donor. 

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5 comments :

  1. This is just a nice concept! I want to donate books Dianne! Can we just meet up in Marikina? He He He

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  2. Amazing! Sana maraming ganyan :)

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  3. I saw this on my FB newsfeed too. If only I live nearby, would have trooped to the place with my old books in tow. ;-) The booth is modernist in design, but it sits well with the old world charm of Intramuros. :-)

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  4. awesome concept. bibisitahin ko din yan! :-)

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  5. What a beautiful and generous concept, and it is located in a nice place, from what you say, with the Manila Cathedral and other old buildings.

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