It’s the first of its kind in South Africa - the new Skoobs Theatre of Books at Montecasino in Johannesburg.
What makes it different? Well, sipping a glass of champagne at the elegant champagne bar before you go browsing is new, as is a pianist tinkling the ivories on a baby grand in the background.
Wander in, mooch among a huge range of books on the ground floor, then take a funky glass lift or winding staircase up to the second floor, where, if you don’t want to read, you can play games. Choose between Xbox, Nintendo or be in the zone on a Sony Playstation. Keep the kids with you or let them loose in an animal-themed interactive children’s book section.
Then calm your over-active brain and twitchy fingers by gazing at the Skoobs fish tank, which comes with specially designed water books. Or sink into a velvet armchair or chill in the Tuscan courtyard complete with olive trees.
Warning. Don’t have a glass of bubbly too many before the book browsing. You’ll leave with armfuls of books - but what the heck - at least you’ll have something to show for your money. Unless, that is, you get distracted by the one-armed bandits or roulette and blackjack tables at Gauteng’s most visited leisure and tourist destination.