May 5, 2017: Friday
I went to Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City to see what The Book Stop Project is all about. News about it circulated on Facebook and I naturally got intrigued with it since it’s all about books, which I’m a huge fan of. I may not be the voracious reader I hope to be, but I still appreciate books a lot. ❤️ I wasn’t able to attend the talk, “How Literature Affects Our Mental Health”, last Thursday because I had major DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) all over my body but I hoped to make up for it by participating in the “Blind Date With A Book” event.
Basically, you give a book to get a book. It’s a quid pro quo process. Of course, you can’t just grab a book that you like. You need to give back something in return. Overall, I gave 10 books and got 6 in return: 3 from the ‘Blind Date’ category and 3 off the bookshelf. It’s like a Book Sale stall, but you actually don’t spend on it.
Quick info about The Book Stop Project 💡
The project is a pop-up public library network that explores how libraries need to evolve to engage with and attract contemporary users and promote reading in the next generation, as well as galvanize communities by creating community events where people can interact and share ideas with each other. The project is intended to serve three distinct functions with a social component, a research component, and a program prototype component.
The project maps out various public spaces throughout the city that has a high volume of pedestrian traffic. It serves as a redistribution point for old books, allowing the open and free sharing or transfer of ideas from one person to another. Its mobility allows it to be placed in the most underserved areas and allows it to reach a broader slice of the population. It moves from neighborhood to neighborhood mapping and responding to local issues and creates a platform for civic discussion and community development.
According to The Book Stop PH’s Facebook post, Blind Date With A Book is a one-day event only although I saw friends go there yesterday (Saturday, May 6). In line with the Blind Date event, there’s also The Book Stop Project’s main event where you can just grab a book in exchange of what you bring (psst, newspapers or magazines aren’t allowed for book exchange!).
The place was just a sight to behold. I immediately got excited when I saw the huge wooden staircase in the middle of the park. A woman assisted me with my books while I placed my ‘blind date’ books on the shelf. It was lovely to see so many people participating in the Blind Date event. I actually thought they wouldn’t take it seriously. But contrary to that, most of the people who donated to the ‘blind date’ books section gave more than 3 books at a time. That alone makes me happy and proud!
I would have loved to browse at more books but it was terribly hot in the venue. You’d have to understand that it was an open air event, though, so if you’re planning to go, bring a fan and a handkerchief! I was there from 4:30 to 5 but according to a friend, the books started piling up from 5 pm onwards. I’m guessing it’s when most people start to be available since that hits the end of the work day. Too bad I didn’t stay long! But I have no regrets with the books I got. They were all lovely. And it feels really good to not just gain something but to give something in return as well.
The books I got
So that’s how I spent my Friday afternoon. ❤️ To be honest, this is a really good start for me to rekindle my love for paperbacks. There was a time that I started ditching papers for virtual reads. While it’s nice to have articles saved on my phone for on-the-go reads, it’s still different to actually smell, touch, and read actual books. Now I’m itching to read all the books I got!
The Book Stop Project will be at the Ayala Triangle Gardens until May 22, so you still have a chance to give a book and get a book! Use the following hashtags when sharing your photos: #TheBookStopPH #BlindDateWithABook #BookStopBlindDate