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Picture Postcards: A room of books

Book tower

This photo is by Loozerboy on Flickr and was snapped in Toronto, Canada. I can just imagine a cozy chair inside to sit and read, can’t you?

A reading room at Ana’s house
The oldest public library in Paris
The children’s cultural book section in an Auckland library

June 10, 2013 Comments disabled

Picture Postcards: Reading room at Ana’s house

Today’s reading and literacy related photo comes to us from our Contributing Editor, Ana, who is letting us have a peek into her own house. Looks like a great reading spot, Ana!

Children’s Cultural Book Section in an Auckland Library
A Chalkboard in Kazakhstan
The Oldest Library in Paris

June 2, 2013 2 comments

Picture Postcards: Children’s cultural book section in an Auckland library

Public library children's cultural books section

I snapped this photo in a local library here in Auckland, New Zealand because it reminds me of when I was a child and would check out all the books in this section, one by one (and then a second time).

More about literacy, books and writing:
Book recommendations from around the world
Author Tash Aw on Moving to China and the South Asian Novel
LX Factory in Lisbon

May 27, 2013 Comments disabled

A Buenos Aires bookshop in a theatrical setting: Libreria El Ateneo

A few years ago, Librería El Ateneo made the top ten best beautiful bookshops list. I couldn’t agree more, it is stunning both inside and outside.

The cafe on the former stage

The bookshop is housed in a 1903 building which was originally a theatre called Grand Splendid. Years later, it was converted into a cinema and remained as such for many decades. I watched a few films there in the nineties and I used to buy chocolates from the little shop outside the foyer.

Now, customers can choose to sit in comfort in one of the original boxes or take a table at the café located in what used to be the stage. There’s a lot of gold leaf that adds to the thespian feel but nothing is as dramatic as the frescoes painted on the ceiling.

There are always a lot of people milling around, browsing the shelves, admiring the architectural features, snapping photos and generally taking in the elegant atmosphere.

Oh, and buying books as well.

Address: Avenida Santa Fe 1860. Opening hours: Mon. – Thu. 9 am to 10 pm; Fri-Sat, 9 am to 12 am; Sun. 12 pm to 10pm
May 24, 2013 2 comments

Books from around the world, recommended by our contributors

In a recent online chat between PocketCultures contributors from around the world, we talked about books which reflect our countries and cultures. Here are our recommendations.

Art installation at ArteBA 2012. Photo by Ana O'Reilly


May 22, 2013 1 comment

Picture Postcards: A free library in Auckland

Shipping Container Free Library in Auckland

From this week we will be looking at libraries, books, reading and literacy on Picture Postcards. I’ve snapped today’s photo in the Wynyard Quarter by the waterfront in Auckland, New Zealand. The man is taking advantage of a cozy reading spot in a ‘take a book, leave a book’ library. And, yes, that is a shipping container!

More book related items:
LX Factory in Lisbon
Librería de Ávila, Buenos Aires’ oldest bookshop
The Bouquinistes of Paris

May 6, 2013 1 comment