As a companion to my pieces on what public libraries offer in Palm Beach County (in Florida, where books are purportedly banned) and in Maskachusetts, some March 13, 2023 images from a library in Ponta Delgada, Portugal.
What’s the neighborhood like? Here’s the building next door, a museum of sacred art:
Who uses the library on a Monday late afternoon? A lot of studious school kids:
Does the library promote social justice? Here are the books recommended for adults:
I would love to see someone actually read that 700-page book on Max Weber (who envisioned our current bureaucratic world)!
Are there books on skin-color-based victimhood promoted to children? I don’t think so. Here’s the rack:
(I thought that “O Protesto” might be about a mostly peaceful social justice protest, but the star is a gorilla rather than a martyr in the struggle against racism.)
The library seems to take a more neutral position on what to read than do its counterparts in the U.S. A larger majority of books are simply shelved spines out. My Portuguese wasn’t good enough to enable me to identify the 2SLGBTQQIA+ section within the teens’ room so I don’t know whether they have anything corresponding to what we found in Cambridge last week:
The library has a complex layout due to its location in a historic building. There is a nice little café for patrons.
Overall, there seems to be much less emphasis on the divisions among groups within Portuguese society than one finds in U.S. libraries regarding divisions among groups within American society.