Cyprus Mail

Taking the library to the beach

By Annette Chrysostomou

In a new twist to holiday reading, on Saturday and Sunday in Limassol the ‘library is going to the beach’ as part of an event organised by the municipality.

The event will take place at the Olympion beach, opposite the Fytidio Sport Centre (GSO).

“We are only the 10th or 11th library in the world to do this”, said Georgia Kontoleni, the librarian in charge.

“There will be 500 to 600 books in English and Greek” she added.

Kontoleni told the Cyprus Mail that most of the books would be in Greek, with an emphasis on fiction, but there would also be books on psychology and a selection for children. The aim is to promote knowledge and the love of reading for tourists and locals alike.

“Anybody can take out books by simply showing their ID card or passport and filling in a form with their name and address”, she said. “There is no charge.”

Borrowers can take out up to four books and keep them for up to two weeks. After that period, they should return them to the municipal library.

Kontoleni says they did not expect a problem with returns as the library routinely lends books to tourists and they are usually fastidious about returning what they borrow, she added.

During the two days three or four librarians will be at the beach, where the books are going to be arranged on shelves. There will also be chairs and tables, all brought to the beach by IKEA. Opening hours are from 9am to 8pm.

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