What better way to decompress than with a good book? The Ville de Nice has reopened its annual mobile summer library.
Alberto Manguel, the great Argentinian writer once said, “Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.” In troubled times like the ones that we currently traverse, books can be our best friends, our advisors, our consolation. They can take us on a journey into another world that distracts us from our worries and help us make sense of them. This wisdom is pertinent this year more than ever before, and the City of Nice does its part to help you escape your reality for the length of a good read.
Previously situated on the beach, the mobile outdoor library (“Cabane à Livres”) has this year settled into the Promenade du Paillon, across from the children’s play area. Staffed by knowledgeable municipal librarians, it is open daily from 13h – 18h through August 31. Whether you are a local on your lunch break or a visitor with time on your hands, you are welcome to check out books free of charge for up to seven days, choosing from a wide range of topics in various languages and suitable for different age groups, from kids to youth and adult books.
On Saturday, 30th July, the “Cabane” welcomes Operation Travel By Book (“Partir en Livre”), the national French book festival for the young audience, with a mission to spark their love for reading and literature. Other special events include a Harry Potter Day, writing workshops sponsored by local publishing houses and animated by Niçois authors, and even a rap slam day. (Dates are to be confirmed, check the Ville de Nice website for updates).
A good book in the joyful setting of the luscious Coulée Verte, halfway between the Théâtre National de Nice and the Water Mirror, is the perfect Rx to calm, soothe, and restore. And while you’re just across from the best gelateria in Nice, treat yourself to a cone of Fenocchio’s delicious ice cream. You DO deserve it.
Lead image © Eli Samuelu