Altice Portugal and Beja City Hall inaugurated a "Reading Cabin" on Thursday, created from an old telephone booth, which aims to promote access to reading as a fundamental citizenship.
The equipment is located in Diogo Fernandes de Beja square, similarly to several others already distributed throughout the country, including Azores and Madeira, which are promoted by the PT Foundation, reusing old telephone booths and, through partnerships with local or other entities, ensuring its adaptation, placement and dynamism, with the placement of dozens of books.
"The old telephone booths of Altice Portugal allow us to materialize an initiative to promote access to reading for the integration in its interior, not a public telephone, but a set of books, a consecration of reading," said the company.
Altice Portugal's executive president, Alexandre Fonseca, said that education "is an engine of growth in any country" and that "when it is anchored in what is one of the pillars of democracy – equality – more exponential. "
According to the mayor of Beja, Paulo Arsénio, the «Booth of Reading» reinforces Beja "as a city of books and reading", making available in a central point of the locality a reading offer accessible to all in moments of relaxation in the garden in the area or one of the surrounding terraces.
The reconversion of old telephone booths is inspired by a movement started in the small village of Westbury-sub-Mendip in south-west England where its residents remembered to turn one of the classically incarnated telephone booths into the world's smallest library.
In Portugal, this project was started by the PT Foundation in 2013 in Barcelinhos, and the success of the action justified the rooting already of more than 20 telephone booths transformed into various types of urban equipment, creative spaces or vocation for reading .