Unscheduled reading

An outdoor library stocked mostly by residents opens in a German Colony park.

By JASON SHALTIEL
June 24, 2015 17:57
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Nir Barkat

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat helps kick off the opening by reading to a group of children in the park.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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Dozens of parents and children in Jerusalem gathered along with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat Sunday for the opening of Tahanat Kriya, an outdoor lending library in Jan Smuts Garden, a small park in the capital’s Germany Colony neighborhood. The library, built on the site of an old, out-of-use bus stop, holds over 100 books, with residents encouraged to donate and withdraw books at their leisure.

Tahanat Kriya, which translates as “reading station,” was the brainchild of local resident Tamar Weiss, a fiction writer. She approached the Ginot Ha’ir Community Council with the proposal after seeing a similar project just south of the German Colony. The council serves some 50,000 residents from the German Colony, Greek Colony, Rehavia, Talbiyeh, Katamon, Yemin Moshe, Kiryat Shmuel and Nayot neighborhoods.

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