Finding magical places to read, and inspirational story tellers, seems to be a thread through my career at beijingkids. As such, I am happy to report the opening of a new bilingual library! The library opened its doors in October of last year, and has a large following of Chinese parents. It was time my husband, daughter (almost 4), and I went to have a look. Ready Reading Library is a 5 minute walk away from the Central Business District.
When we arrived, we were immediately in awe of the space and wide range of both Chinese and English books the space had to offer. The windows have amazing views and magical reading nooks. I would have loved to spend the day reading novels, drinking coffee, and watching life in Beijing flow through the streets 15 floors beneath me. Ready Reading’s tranquil space caters to kids from zero to nine and makes me wish I was a child again.
Ready Reading sells an array of kids toys and houses one of the biggest collections of Classic World wooden toys I have seen so far in Beijing. There are lockers, a small café area, two classrooms that sometimes host arts and crafts classes, a little arena area for story tellers, and a amazing outside space which I can’t wait to use when the spring arrives.
Mia Wang and Jane Fang, the two mothers that own and created Ready Reading, have a true passion for kids and books. It’s a joy spending time together, browsing their fast collection of kids literature. Ready Reading even delivers and pick up books from your door step for a fuss free reading experience.
Membership RMB 1280 a year includes:
- Unlimited book borrowing throughout the year.
- Borrow a maximum of 10 books at a time.
- Online book ordering, free delivery and pick up.
- 20% discount on new books.
- Entrance ticket discounted at RMB 100 per session.
Single Entrance Ticket RMB 150
- Access to reading library.
- Two cups of free coffee.
- Unlimited stay.
- One child and two adults per ticket.
Pauline van Hasselt has been working for beijingkids since October 2016. Born in Wassenaar, The Netherlands, she moved with her husband and her 3 year-old daughter to Beijing in June of last year. Prior she lived in the Netherlands, Belgium, Paraguay, Texas, and London, studying and working as a chef. Pauline enjoys biking around Beijing, finding markets and new restaurants, reading crime and fantasy books in bed, and most importantly, turning her house into a home for her family.