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Welcome

The Book Lounge is an independent bookshop in the Eastern Precinct of Cape Town City Centre. We opened in December 2007 and have had the most wonderful response. Talk to our experienced and passionate staff about the book you are looking for or feel free to grill us on what we’ve been reading recently. We pride ourselves on the many interesting book related events that we host – check out our events page for details of what’s coming up. Or just come and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee while relaxing in the Lounge area and perusing our eclectic selection of books. Bring your children to the best kids section in town and if you know of a 3 to 8 year old who likes a good story, every Saturday morning at 11.00 is story time at the Book Lounge. We have a wide and unusual range of books, and if you’re looking for something we don’t have in the shop, we will do our utmost to get it for you. Enjoy the site and please drop us a mail if you have questions, queries about books or comments to share.

 

 

 

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The Open Box Library Project 2017

Open Book Festival has been committed to driving a love of books and reading amongst learners since its inception. Fundamental to this has been the Open Book School Library Project which has seen us put libraries into Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School, Parkhurst Primary and Westridge High School. The experience is one that has been hugely rewarding but which has also come with its own challenges.

As with all aspects of Open Book, we are constantly looking for ways to do things better and it is with this in mind that we reworked the library project to come up with something that doesn’t overwhelm, doesn’t require additional staff and which can be kept up to date with relatively little money. Welcome to Open Box! These mini libraries are placed in classrooms, allowing teachers and learners access to the resource through the day.

St Mary’s Primary School

Located in the Cape Town CBD, St Mary’s Primary was ideally suited to be our pilot for the Open Box Project. Teachers showed huge interest in having access to books through the day in their classrooms, the school is within walking distance of the Book Lounge (which is closely associated with Open Book Festival) and learners at the school come predominantly from disenfranchised communities.

Budget per Box:

Materials and building costs R5 000
Books (roughly R100/book) R20 000
CDs R2 000
Activity materials R1 000
Posters R1 000
Games R1 000
Misc R2 000
Total R32 000


WHERE WE ARE NOW

We are currently looking for funding to furnish St Mary’s with the remaining boxes, and are also looking forward to 2018. We are in the process of identifying the school we will start working with in 2018 and hope to raise funds for a minimum of 3 boxes for handover over the course of next year.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

1. Purchase a book from our suggestions which will be directly added to the library.

2. We are also looking for larger funding relationships going forward.

3. Ask a staff member at The Book Lounge for more information.

For more details please mail us on booklounge@gmail.com.

Latest Blog Posts

February 2019

  Fiction . .   Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star Trilogy Vol. 1) by Marlon James   “Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the kind of novel I never realized I was missing until I read it. A dangerous, hallucinatory, ancient Africa, which becomes a fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as […]

2019 Preview

January   Fiction Homegrown Hero by Khurrum Rahman – The follow-up to his brilliant and funny debut, East of Hounslow. Sex, Lies and Stellenbosch by Eva Mazza – A behind the scenes look at the ‘upstanding’ town of Stellenbosch, written as fiction to protect the innocent…   Non-Fiction The A to Z of South African […]

Christmas Stocking 2018

1000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich The book to praise all books – a celebration of the reading life through an unexpected and compelling compendium of a thousand great books to get lost in. The ultimate book for book lovers: the 1,000 must-read books across genres and eras, each accompanied by […]

Forthcoming Events

Launch of Hero Within & Other Writing compiled by FunDza

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 at 5:30 PM

Launch of OK, Mr Field by Katharine Kilalea

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 at 5:30 PM

Launch of The Worm Turns by Marion Baxter

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 at 5:30 PM

Events Calendar

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