> THE BIG READ
Bangkok has moved a step closer to its first 24-hour public library. Home to roughly 20,000 books in Thai and foreign languages, the Bangkok City Library, which will launch its round-the-clock
hours and borrowing service later this year, opened its doors on 7 April,
initially from 8am to midnight (most days). Spread across four floors in an art deco-inspired building close to the capital’s Democracy Monument, the public space is meant to encourage reading in the digital age. Adults can become members for $1.50 (THB50), while students and children can join for
half that price.