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The Librakery Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Brazilian News, Learning

What do you get when you combine a library and a bakery? In Curitiba, Paraná, you get a librakery! By combining a padaria (bakery) with a biblioteca (library), one man discovered that his neighborhood hangout, Pote de Mel, could be just more than a place to have coffee.

Watch the video and see if you can answer the questions. Also, it will be a good opportunity to hear some southern accents from the far south of Brazil, which can be a little tricky if you’re used to hearing other accents.

Listening Comprehension

1. What advantage does the bakery have over the library?

2. What are the rules about taking books out?

3. The girl interviewed at the end is a fan of the librakery. What has she contributed?


1. It’s near a big hospital and a university, so it’s easily accessible.

2. You can keep the book for as long as you like. You can also donate books.

3. She donated two books.

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  1. paul:

    What a great idea. Anything to encourage people to read!

  2. Jonathan Keller:

    It would be great to hear more about the vibrant pro-literacy activities in Brazil such as the FLIPINHA –kids version of the(International Book Festival of Paraty). I have my own project to encourage Portuguese speakers living in the states to read with their kids in Portuguese for pleasure. http://www.icsportugues.blogspot.com