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Hidden libraries offer break from city’s hustle and bustle

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 23 2020   /  01:23 am
Book haven: The PurpleCode Space, a library in a housing compound in Tebet, South Jakarta, offers about 1,000 books, mainly about feminism and technology. Visitors can also read in the backyard of the library, a quiet getaway in a busy city. (JP/Alya Nurbaiti)(JP/Alya Nurbaiti)

Book haven: The PurpleCode Space, a library in a housing compound in Tebet, South Jakarta, offers about 1,000 books, mainly about feminism and technology. Visitors can also read in the backyard of the library, a quiet getaway in a busy city. (JP/Alya Nurbaiti)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 N...