Outdoor reading space opens in Lucavsala, Rīga

The Rīga Central Library (RCB) is opening a beachside reading space in Lucavsala recreation park. Books, board games, and other leisure activities are available. On Thursday, June 1, the space opened its metaphorical door to visitors.

The reading space contains a variety of reading materials – novels, reference literature, as well as periodicals in Latvian, Russian, and English. Board games and coloring books for younger visitors are also available. No registration or identification is required.

“We are very democratic here. Anyone who comes can take a book, read it here or on the beach, and return these books at the end of the working day. We only have very honest visitors here. I do not think there has been a time when someone would not have brought something back,” said Deputy Director of the Central Library of Riga Vineta Baško.

Reading room visitor Jeļena said: “We're here for the first time. The child saw the books and came, he loves it, and we can't go away.”

LTV: “And what do you like here?”

Jeļena: “It's like, a very cozy place. You can read outside, lying in the shadows. Very nice.”

The outdoor library in Lucavsala has been in operation since 2016, with an exception of the years of the pandemic, and is seeking to replenish its offers every year.

“This year the Strops cultural space will be operating near the RCB beach reading room. And every month, every week, there will be cultural and leisure activities for adults, children, and seniors,” Baško said.

The beach reading room will be open until the end of August, on working days from 12:00 to 17:00, on weekends 11:00 to 18:00.

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