I've spent a good deal of my time here walking to and around public spaces--parks, libraries, and Stockholm's enormous Kulturhuset, a multi-story building the size of a large urban department store, dedicated to Swedish culture, most of it free and open to the public.
|A library I walked to in the northern part of the city.|
|In all libraries I've noticed that they represent many, many languages--both in their kids' and adults' collections.|
|This is one of the libraries in the Kulturhuset. Among the current instalations there were a model city of Stockholm, several art galleries, a music section, a movie section, a graphic novel section, an area for teens to hang out and make art, a space to practice the piano, a kids' art section, lecture spaces, and a rooftop cafe.|
|The graphic novel section. Don't you love the design!|
|An instalation on Swedish radio with opportunities to listen in.|
|The children's library.|
My only complaint about services provided by the Swedish government: the utter lack of free public toilets!!
|If I understand this sign next to the door correctly, it offeres instructions on how to pay nearly a dollar online after which one will receive a text message containing a code that will gain them access to the bathroom at the Kulturhuset. I decided to hold out for a while and not drink too much water.|
|This bathroom at a department store cost me $1.50 to gain access.|