I’ve slightly touched on book towers before and I am still a big fan of them. However, they can also be used in the opposite way of what I alluded to in the previous post. Instead of being recipients of books, they can also be givers. This is particularly handy if you’re an unpaid intern temporarily living abroad but I think most people would agree that free books are a pretty good thing.
I found such a tower close to Poppelsdorf Palace. I had some hours to kill due to Bonn’s museums having strange opening hours and decided to take a look at the selection offered. Since I hadn’t seen any cats in Bonn, I decided to take the English book with a cat on the front cover; A Street Cat Named Bob.
Have you read the book? He’s quite some cat! It was an easy read so I returned it to the tower a couple of hours later so someone else could enjoy it. I would like to point out that there’s no way its title isn’t inspired by A Streetcar Named Desire. They’re vastly different stories though.
I noticed a set of German-English dictionaries in the tower as I put the book back. I contemplated taking them but decided to think about whether I really needed them or not. I mulled over it for a couple of days and then went back for them. Unfortunately for me, someone else had swiped them.
However, lady luck was on my side and I found a different one which is only one volume, thereby making it easier to bring places. It’s currently hanging out on my shelf next to the few German books I have.
Poppelsdorfer Allee, 53115 Poppelsdorf