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Jakarta Post

Hidden libraries offer break from city’s hustle and bustle

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 22, 2020   /  03:26 pm
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Beanbags are arranged in one corner of Baca di Halaman, a privately managed library in Cilandak, South Jakarta, that offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of life in the capital.(courtesy of baca di halaman/-)

Traffic congestion and a heavy workload make up a significant part of Jakarta life. Time is of the essence for most Jakartans, who rush around from Monday to Friday and, when the weekend comes, still think malls are the best way to take a break from the city’s everyday disruptions. But these are the reasons that Annisa Sekaringtias founded Baca di Halaman, a small library tucked in an alley in Cilandak, South Jakarta. She wanted to provide an alternative for Jakartans seeking solace from a hectic life. “Reading is an activity that can only be done without hurrying, it unwinds your mind,” said Sekar. Launched in November 2019, Baca di Halaman is located in the Eleven Trees complex. To get to the library, you must climb a set of stairs and emerge in an outdoor area surrounded by trees. Beanbags are dotted all over. Next to the area is a 2 by 2-meter room of bookshel...