Before the electronic age, international family travel to places like China usually involved lugging bags of books for the kids (and parents). Now our smart devices have lightened the load but there’s still nothing like reading a real book and being surrounded them. And at the Bookworm in Beijing, you can find a variety of books in English and European languages.
The Bookworm is both a library and bookstore. A small kids section has books for the young ones such as Where’s Wally (that’s Waldo to Americans). And on Sundays there is a reading time for children aged 4 and up. The bookstore makes for a quiet place to read or study or work using the wifi, while enjoying a coffee, or something stronger, from the bar.
The Bookworm hosts other various events, some weekly like a Monday night pub quiz. And it also holds the Bookworm Literary Festival. This year’s Festival will feature a number of children’s authors and illustrators with sessions geared to both aspiring writers and children (who may also be aspiring writers!). Check out the full schedule at: bookwormfestival.com
The Bookworm is on Sanlitun South Street, near the Tuanjiehu junction of the 3rd Ring Road. Membership options are available for borrowing or purchasing.