Calling all Bibliophiles! The Book Stop Project is smelling good of second hand books. Do you want to exchange your favorite book to someone else’s? Second thoughts on that? Well here are nine reasons why you should do it with The Book Stop Project.
1.) Book Stop as an adaptive library – the founder of the Book Stop, WTA Architecture + Design Studio believes in the future of libraries. And when they think about the library’s future, they think about library as a space and place. Here, the approach to the dying library system is to its architecture responding to social and interactive learning. With this, Books Stop is a traveling library stopping at a time in places highly populated with people from all walks of life. This also comes with their belief that everyone regardless of social status should have access to books.
2.) Book Stop believes in the magic of Secondhand Books – Maybe the magic lies on the previous life of the book. We feel so connected to the previous owner/s who are strangers to us. The highlighted lines, notes on the margin, dedications on the back page, bookmarks left, are all stories themselves. Let alone the smell of it, like smelling wisdom as old as the world. No incense could par.
3.) Bookstop believes in the benefit of holding a true book – in this digital age, it is surprising that researches show millenials prefer physical books over ebooks. Of course you cant close a gadget and hug it if you get so affected of what you read. Maybe we just over romanticize everything about the physical book? Not really because there are scientific advantages of physical books over e books, like better memory retention, comprehension, focus and promotes better sleep.
4.) Book Serendipity – Unlike a bookstore where everything is arranged, organized, predictable. If you find a good book at Book Stop, it feels like serendipity. More romantic than finding books online. Like all the world has conspired for you to encounter that book. (What if you were 5 minutes late and somebody find it first?) Especially if it’s a whole book series you just found in different corners. Including the prequel.
5.) Book Stop believes in honesty system – This is a library minus the librarian. You can borrow a good book and return it when you’re done without anyone listing it. Projects like this promotes humanity at its best, let’s support.
6.) Books can only be exchanged with books – In Book Stop, books dont come with price tags. For a grand time, books are being seen thru. It isnt considered along with its price. So no to your money, you could only give books that could be valuable to others.
This is a very nice idea that some people coming to Book Stop has more intention in sharing their valuable books rather than getting some for themselves. Cute people.
7.) Gives your books a new home, a new lover – We all have that one book that influenced us so much. Changed whatever in us anyhow and it felt good. And when you think of giving someone a gift you would think about that book. Because for you, it is the best anyone could receive. Let that anyone be a Book Stop-er, perhaps.
8.) Book Stop believes in Social Interaction – how about reading a book to a street child? We may not be the goody goody person, but how it feels right to read a story to someone who can’t. Tell the kid that learning through books could be the greatest social equalizer. That he should never lose interest in learning because theres more to life than the streets, (even if you suck at life sometimes). Just tell them, anyway.
Or how about meeting someone who read almost the same books as you did? Like whoa, this couldnt be.
“Oh, so you’re a fan of Paulo Coelho?”
“You too? Which one have you read?”
“Eleven Minutes, Veronika Decides to Die, The Zahir, bla bla bla”
“Oh yeah, The Alchemist took me so long to finish but I did.”
“The Winner Stands Alone is the best.”
“Oh I haven’t read that one yet.”
And to us, this is a very deep kind of conversation.
9.) Cool activities – Because sometimes book is the thing you most wanted to date next to your self. So maybe you want to enjoy The Book Stop activity, Blind Date with a Book. More interesting are the activities that are promoting Philippine Literature. There are Open Mic Poetry Nights, Romance Writing Dialogue with Filipino authors, Puppetry and Storytelling, Kwentuhang Komiks and Heritage Walk and Talk Series. Hands down to all of these activities, The Book Stop Project!
How about books surrounded by an art gallery? Check out El Museo del Prado to learn about the century old paintings surrounding The Book Stop Project.
You can check all of their activities on their facebook page, The Book Stop Project.
Catch them near Quezon Memorial Shrine until end of May and Intramuros Manila until July 22!
*The Book Stop Project is done in partnership with Instituto Cervantes and CNC Construction and Development Corporation.*
Photos shot by: Barone, Dyanne | IG @dyannelcid
Samonte, Adrian | IG @asamonte
Sison, Chiqui Mercene