A pop-up library isn’t exactly a fresh concept, but it’s one that hasn’t been seen a lot in the Philippines. Such is The Book Stop Pop-Up Library, which allows you not only to borrow books, but also to trade in your old titles for new ones. Located in the Ayala Triangle Gardens, you probably won’t have a hard time spotting the pop-up due to its striking design that seems to be a metaphor for a book—it looks like a gateway leading to another realm.
The brains behind the mini library is WTA Architecture + Design Studio, who put it up as part of its Architecture of Ideas Campaign. The goal is to provide a space where bookworms could gather and to put libraries back into the consciousness of Filipinos. It’s a project that aims to share the joy of reading to as many people as possible.
The Book Stop first popped up last April 23, and it’s going to be in the Ayala Triangle Gardens until May 7. You can find it in Intramuros starting May 14, reaching out to more book lovers. But before it moves to its next location, the pop-up library in Ayala has a few activities lined up that you may want to check out:
1. Found in Translation (May 4). A discussion on the translation and the reception of European literature into the Philippine Literary scene
2. Open Mic Poetry Night (May 5). Hosted by Erica Laraya, they’ll be inviting poets, spoken word artists, and other performers that are willing to share their talent
3. What Am I Doing Here? (May 6). A talk on travel writing, featuring Filipina author Alice Sun-Cua.
4. Blind Date with a Book (May 7). People are invited to share their book, covered in wrapping paper with the keywords of what the work is about and have it exchanged with a book of their interest (the first one was held last April 30).
Moreover, the group behind the project accepts book donations. And you know what? We won't be surprised at all to find you bibliophiles chasing this pop-up wherever it goes.
Photograph from The Book Stop Project's Facebook page