I love books. Among the adjustments that you must make when moving to another country, is the lack of printed reading material in your native language, particularly books. Granted, with computers, e-readers, etc. it is not the problem that it once was. However, it is still an adjustment.
I bought my first Kindle when I moved to Italy in 2007. In Florence, there are several English bookstores in the historic center, but they don’t always have the exact book that you want at the exact time. For this, e-readers can’t be beaten. A quick search and download and voila! You have access to most of the books in the world.
Maybe it’s just my age, but aside from the convenience on many levels of e-readers (storage, availability of books, and ease of carrying), there is nothing quite like turning the pages of a real book! Even with my e-reader, I still try to read a printed book every now and then.
Imagine my delight when I discovered the Tangier Book Club. Mentioned to me by a friend and avid fan of the book group, I couldn’t wait to visit. The location is near the Median, near the Grand Socco, and near Villa France, but still, if you don’t know exactly where it is, it’s difficult to find.
It’s well worth the search though. The Tangier Book Club is open to residents and visitors of Tangier. There is a small membership fee, which entitles you to any/all of the almost 8,000 books in the library. They even have an online card catalog where you can search for the book that you want.
The library began around 1950 and stays vibrant with volunteers, folks who contribute money and books and by those who frequent the library regularly.
I can’t even begin to explain the feeling I had the first time I stepped inside. Even though I try to read a real book occasionally, I don’t even remember when the last time I went to a library was. It was probably when my sons were small, so at least 25 years ago.
The smell of the books, browsing through the shelves, spotting old favorites and finding books that I didn’t know existed was so wonderful and brought back so many precious memories. The library is currently open on Wednesday and Saturday from 10-1.
You can find more information at their site here, including the librarian’s email address if you would like more information or to arrange a visit.