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Apple Offers Free Audio Books

Apple Books has made six titles available for free download. They are:

Having one or more of these titles available may help the Holiday Season travel to pass more quickly. All of the books themselves are all public domain.

Grande Bibliothèque – Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Libraries – I like visiting libraries when I travel. I thought that this was a great introduction to Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal, Canada. I have added this library to my list of places to visit.

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While in Montreal for the day (stay tuned for next week’s post highlighting our 24 hours in Montreal), I couldn’t resist looking up Montreal’s most popular library. I was most definitely on a library high after the stunning Library of Parliament that we’ve visited the day before in Ottawa and was eager to explore another library. After perusing the list of city libraries, the Grande Bibliothèque stood apart as it was the most visited library in North America in 2011.  It was a bitterly cold Sunday morning that we were exploring Old Montreal, with a stiff wind making the chill that much more penetrating. With the weather now given context, marry someone who will readily walk into that biting wind for approximately thirty minutes to visit a library you have been reading about only that day. Luke and I were both frozen through by the time we stepped into the warm entry…

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A visit to Stockholm Public Library

Libraries – I like seeing blog posts about libraries and have made a few myself. I enjoyed seeing this one of the Stockholm Public Library and wanted to share it.

The post contains a little more travel info than just the library itself, but it is worth seeing another library I might want to add to my list of places to visit.

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Our final day in Stockholm and just enough time before heading back to the airport to fit in a visit to the Stockholm Public Library in Odenplan. I love visiting libraries wherever I travel and what a delightful one this was. The library, which was designed by Gunnar Asplund and completed in 1928, is one of the city’s most famous buildings with its geometrically designed neo-classical architecture and is listed as being one of the world’s most beautiful libraries.

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Stepping through the Egyptian style doorway and climbing the central staircase, we were able to get our first glimpse into the central rotunda of the library. The rotunda is a circular book hall and is an absolutely stunning temple for book lovers like me. It contains a total of 40,000 books on three levels and retains its original mahogany furniture and leather chairs.

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Library of Parliament – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Libraries – I always like visiting unusual libraries. When I saw this post covering the Library of Parliament library in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada I had to share it.

Needless to say, it is now on my list of libraries to visit one day.

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Over this past weekend Luke and I took a three day weekend up to Ottawa and Montreal. As several of our trips had fallen through recently with wildfires closing Yosemite, canceling our Half Dome hike and a new job changing our American southwest journey I was bursting at the seams to go on a new adventure. Knowing we had a three day weekend, we decided to fit in a trip to the Canadian capital, especially as their Library of Parliament had been on my library bucket list for a quite a while now.  To access the Library of Parliament the public is able to go on free guided tours throughout the Centre Block, where not only will you get to glimpse this remarkable library but also be taken on a tour the center of Canadian government such as the Commons and Senate rooms.  Prior to our trip I’d read that…

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Fifty Word Fantasy: Thief

Reading – I thought that this was a great piece of Flash Fiction. It would be a good start to a fantasy novel.

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She pondered the shimmer guarding the bookshelf, then grabbed a thin folio from it and ran.

The wizard appeared, grand and robed. “No ordinary urchin or thief steals from my library.”

The child trembled anticipating his wrath.

“It takes a wizard’s eyes to see my wards. Let me train yours.”

Copyright © 2018 by Jason H. Abbott, All Rights Reserved.

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University of Michigan Law Library

BooksLibraries – I have posted about libraries I have visited before. I thought that this Blog post by “The Critiquing Chemist” showed off a very interesting building. While it is a specialty library (the law library), it is none the less a beautiful and picturesque structure.

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The past month has been a whirlwind of exciting life updates as my brother got engaged and I made an exciting career change. Yesterday was actually my first day at my new job working in the laboratories at the State of Michigan! With a few days off last week in between jobs I decided to check a library off my bucket list that is relatively just down the road from where I live.  One of my best friends happened to be in town for the week from Arizona so we coordinated breakfast in Ann Arbor before walking to the Law Library.  I hadn’t expected the absolute nightmare parking would turn out to be but Megan and I eventually both found spots.  Based on glowing recommendations we enjoyed the raisin bread and coffee at Angelo’s, which was well worth the half hour wait in the cold. After stuffing ourselves Megan and…

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Fifty Word Fantasy: Trick and Treat

Reading – A great Flash Fiction for Halloween

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Old Mrs. Emmons accepted the candy gift. “Oh! I always wanted to go trick-or-treating, but my father hated Halloween…”

She ate the caramel, felt dizzy, and then was as young as the little witch handing her a pumpkin bucket and black cat costume.

“Then let’s not waste tonight, Mrs. Emmons!”

Copyright © 2018 by Jason H. Abbott, All Rights Reserved.

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Top 10 Tuesdays: Bookstores I’ve Always wanted to Visit

Reading – This is a good list. I like to visit bookstores and libraries when I travel. Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to visit three of those listed: the Library of Congress, Shakespeare and Company, and The Strand. They were all impressive.

I would add to that list these as well:

So many locations around the world for book lovers to visit. My list of places I want to visit grows constantly.

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Happy Tuesday my lovelies, Following my recent dedication to post more often, here is another Tuesday book meme for you all. Top 10 Tuesday a meme created by The Broke & the Bookish, but which is now hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl featuring a different bookish related theme each week. This week’s theme is Bookstores or libraries I have always wanted to visit! I am so excited about this one because going to a bookstore is probably one of my favourite things to do! I just can’t help but feel at home there and there are so many amazing ones in the world I still haven’t visited (seriously debating planning a trip to visit a bunch of famous bookstores).

*All descriptions are taken from wikipedia

1. The Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is…

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Singapore, Singapore – Ngee Ann City Mall and the Kinokuniya Bookstore

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LocationsBookstores – A couple of weeks ago I walked over to the Ngee Ann City Mall. While I had been there a time or two before, I was going specifically to check out the bookstore I had seen there.

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This is a very upscale mall with several well known high-end stores. The S$520 million building that houses the shopping mall also has two 26 story office towers.

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The mall hosts 130 different stores and restaurants spread out over several levels.

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As I mentioned, the purpose of my visit to the mall was to check out the Kinokuniya bookstore. Officially the address of the bookstore is 391 Orchard Road #04-20/20A/20B/20C/20E/21, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872. The #04-20 in that address indicates that the bookstore is on the fourth floor. In fact, it is immediately adjacent to the Crystal Jade Palace. That is how I noticed the bookstore. We had dinner at the Crystal Jade Palace a few weeks back. It didn’t look all that large from the outside.

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The Kinokuniya bookstore in the mall is one of four outlets in Singapore. This is their flagship store and the second-largest bookstore in Southeast Asia. I only realized how large it was once I had gone inside.

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I walked around the bookstore for a while and it is the largest bookstore I think I have ever been in.

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Certainly, if I find myself searching for a paper book while I am in Singapore, I know where I will be able to find it. I will be going back and spending more time browsing through the shelves.

If you want a book in Singapore, I think that this is the premier place to go.


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