“I’ll have ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ with that café, please!”
A network of second-hand bookshops is springing up all over Israel, but not where you’d expect. Israelis no longer have to go to the odd librarian in order to find cheap copies of great books. Instead, they can just pop into one of their favorite cafes.
More than 200 cafes around the country have signed up to the project ‘Same Old Story,’ which consists of selling second-hand books to customers for under NIS 20 ($5).
Dolev Gotlib, founder of project, came up with the idea in order to combine his passion for the environment and a backpacking custom which he practiced when traveling around the world; to pass on the books you cannot carry to other travelers in coffee shops.
“People who travel for months cannot carry with them all the books they brought and therefore they often just leave them in guesthouses and coffee shops,” Gotlib told NoCamels. “There is a constant exchange of books as people leave old books and take new ones.”
According to Gotlib, “today when books are on sale, people tend to buy 3-4 books, when they actually need and are likely only ever to read one of them. The shelves in their homes are packed with books. With ‘Same Old Story’ they have a place to pass them on to. Often we manage to receive very rare and unique books that cannot be found elsewhere, making the project attractive to all kinds of audiences.”
‘Same Old Story’ is part of the wider Israeli organization Shekulo-Tov (meaning, full of good) which integrates people with disabilities into the employment market. Most of ‘Same Old Story’s’ workers are disabled. “This is all about giving those people a chance and integrating them as vital assets in society,” Gotlib said.
(Video) English 1960s rock band, which started careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, to play one gig at Tel Aviv’s Barby club on October 29
In the 1960s, English rock band Yardbirds included three of the greatest guitarists of all times, basically starting the careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy PagBut none of these guitar legends went back to cooperation with the band when it resumed its activity in the 1990s.
And yet, the pioneering band returned to the stage with two of its original members: Guitarist Chris Dreja and drummer Jim McCarty.
Together with additional members – singer Andy Mitchell, guitarist Ben King and bassist David Smale – they will arrive in Israel for one performance, which will be held on October 29 at Tel Aviv’s Barby club.
The first 200 tickets will be offered for NIS 169 (about $50). Seats on the club’s terrace will cost NIS 229 ($68).
In the past year the band toured Europe and Japan, performing its old and famous songs like “For Your Love” and “Shapes of Things”.
After performing in Israel, the Yardbirds are expected to launch a long tour in the United States.
Efforts to preserve nature and open spaces in Israel enjoyed yesterday international recognition, with UNESCO affording the area of Ramot Menashe the title of “Biosphere Reserve,” adding it to the organization’s Man and the Biosphere program.
A biosphere reserve is an area in which the combination of nature preservation and continuous human activity coexist. The recognition was given at a conference in Dresden, Germany, where a total of 18 new biosphere reserves were included in the UNESCO program.