The resort of Albena, Bulgaria were delighted to announce the recent opening of the very first beach library in the European Union and only the third of its kind in the world. Located near the Hotel Kaliopa, the new beach library boasts 140 shelves with over 2500 books available in more than 10 languages.
The library is completely free for guests to enjoy and the titles available have been carefully selected for all tastes including world classics, thrillers, mysteries, romantic readings and memoirs. An extra special treat for foreign tourists is a collection of stories by Jordan Yovkov entitled "Albena", published in six languages.
The beach library is made of materials resistant to strong winds and extreme sun and in rainy weather the books will be protected by vinyl, fastened with a zipper. To help guests find books available in their language quicker, the shelves have been marked with national flags depending on the language of the books.
Herman Kompernas - Project Manager in Albena PLC said "The guests will take a book for free without a library card. If they haven't read the book they have taken, they can leave their own book in return in order to diversify our collection. Thus, the library will be filled with new titles."
At the opening of the beach library Margita Todorova - Director Marketing and Sales of Albena PLC said "Today, in time of high-tech and mass computerization we return back to traditions and add another touch to our beautiful beach - a chance to enjoy not only the sun, and the sea breeze, but also a good book. Let us develop this idea together with our guests, donate books and next year to add another 2 or 3 modules, so to let guests of the hotels within the so-called "Six" take advantage of the library."
"For the first time ever we have a beach library whose purpose is to foster reading and entertain the tourists. I wish everyone reading to find the book of his life," said the author of the idea Victoria Biserova - publisher and consultant of Albena PLC.
So if you are lucky enough to be heading to the beautiful resort of Albena for your summer holiday this year, be sure to check out the new library and enjoy one of the many books on offer.