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BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Libraries Around the World! This Month, Iza and the Faidherbe, Paris France Library!

Today's library post is courtesy of Iza, a former book blogger and a librarian in Paris, France. You can find her on Goodreads.

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Hi, I’m a librarian in Paris.

There are more than 60 libraries in Paris where you can borrow documents with only one card. They are funded by the local taxes.

Our website is here : https://bibliotheques.paris.fr/ . There is a monthly newsletter to keep our readers informed of everything that is happening – it includes a playlist based upon our newest CDs. This is the library I work in : http://equipement.paris.fr/bibliotheq...

There are libraries of all sizes but mine has 6 floors : 


- The ground floor and the basement are for the adults ; there are tables, chairs and armchairs – I have already found people sleeping in the armchairs, they must be comfortable ! There’s a copier downstairs to use for a very low fee. And, of course, books ! Even books in English. And magazines, newspapers, comics, audio books.

Adult Comics Corner
Periodicals

- The first floor is a hall where we hold conferences, concerts and film projections. We hold in particular a series of conferences on the history of art that are a huge success.

- The second floor gathers the music CDs (all genres) and DVDs. We used to have only documentaries, but now we also have tv series, theatre plays, humour shows, operas and will soon have movies.

- The third floor is for children : books, comics, CDs, DVDs, magazines, a book club, movie projections and story times.. School classes or nurseries are received when the library is closed. 

The Children's Floor
- On the 4th floor : for now, the offices of the adult section. It’s old, dusty and crowded !

- On the 5th floor : we are lucky to have a personal bookbinder, who does a great job in mending and binding our books.

- On the 6th floor : a very small, tiny kitchen where 6 people can sit and somehow try to navigate between the chairs/tables, the refrigerator and the microwave, plus a reserve for furniture of all kinds.

We’re open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 13.00 PM to 19.00 PM. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 10.00 AM to 18.00 PM.

Our services :


- Loan of 20 documents per library, 40 if you borrow in all the public libraries of Paris : books, magazines, e-readers, audio books are lent for free, but there’s a fine if they are returned late.

- Our documents are lent for 3 weeks, they can be renewed twice if the book isn’t late or if no one has placed a hold on them. A selection of books, CDs, and DVDs are lent for 1 week : those that receive awards, best-sellers and the like. It allows our reader a quicker access to them without an ever-growing waiting list !

- Loan of e-readers with 2 recent best-sellers and 1 352 classic titles – there is also a virtual library here : https://bibliotheque-numerique.paris.fr/

- Our CDs and DVDs are loaned in exchange for a yearly fee (30,50€ for CDs ; 61€ for DVDs and CDs) but they can be loaned for free with a minor’s card (0 to 17 year olds) - so the parents use their children's card and save money.

The members of the library have access to wi-fi 2 hours each day on our computers (7) or on their tablets/phones/laptops. We used to reserve the computers for the readers, but after a few fights, we decided that the first who gets to the library gets the computer ! No more fights now. We loan headphones for free, but I personaly wouldn’t use them with a ten feet pole (they are never cleaned)… There are 3 computers that can be used with internet for 15mn at a time, and 2 catalogues. No printers, but a USB cable for flash drives.

- For the elderly who have trouble walking and/or carrying books, we have two people who visit them with a choice of documents. They just have to phone the library, we list their coordinates and their tastes and voilĂ .

- On Saturday mornings, there’s a librarian available for everyone who asks questions about computers, internet, phones, tablets. I even saw one reader who brought her TV screen that didn't work !

Next month, we’ll be closed for construction work : the 4th floor, our offices, will be turned into a studying room for the library members (or not members, by the way), with computers, electrical outlets and a very small cafeteria. We’ll reopen next January.

The adult librarians will move to the 5th floor and our bookbinder will move to the 6th floor.

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Thank you Iza for sharing your library with us! I love that your library has its own book binder/repair person. That's wonderful. I wonder if my library does? *ponders*

Next month, Christina Maria Rose from All About Romance will tell us about her library in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bea Reviews The Sugarhouse Blues by Mariah Stewart

Bea's Book Nook, The Sugarhouse Blues, Mariah Stewart, Review
Series: The Hudson Sisters #2
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: May 15th, 2018
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Blurb from goodreads:

This is the second novel of the Hudson Sisters series.

Allie, Des, and Cara, each having her own reasons for wanting a share of their father's estate, meet in the grand Victorian home in which he grew up, only to be greeted by another secret he purposely hid from them: his sister Bonnie. The women reluctantly band together to take on Fritz's challenge, working with a local contractor to begin the renovations financed by an account Fritz had set up for the task. While the restoration appears to go smoothly at first, it soon becomes apparent that the work will be more extensive than originally thought, and Des, elected to handle the money, needs to find ways to stretch out the remaining savings while searching for new sources of funding.

As strangers linked only by their DNA try to become a family, the Hudson sisters also try to come to terms with the father they only thought they knew. In the process, each woman discovers her own capacity for understanding, forgiveness, love, and the true meaning of family.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Bea Reviews Surface Tension by Mike Mullin


Bea's Book Nook, Review, Surface Tension, Mike Mullin
Publisher: Tanglewood
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: May 8th, 2018
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Blurb from goodreads:

After witnessing an act of domestic terrorism while training on his bike, Jake is found near death, with a serious head injury and unable to remember the plane crash or the aftermath that landed him in the hospital.

A terrorist leader’s teenage daughter, Betsy, is sent to kill Jake and eliminate him as a possible witness. When Jake’s mother blames his head injury for his tales of attempted murder, he has to rely on his girlfriend, Laurissa, to help him escape the killers and the law enforcement agents convinced that Jake himself had a role in the crash.

Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall series, delivers a gripping story with memorable characters and all-too-real scenarios.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Bea Reviews Dark Queen by Faith Hunter

Bea's Book Nook, review, Dark Queen, Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #12
Publisher: Ace Roc
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: May 1st, 2018
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Blurb from goodreads:

Jane Yellowrock used to hunt vampires, but now she must fight--and win--beside them.

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can't let that happen.

Preparing for the duel requires all of Jane's focus, but with so much supernatural power in play, nothing goes according to plan. She has to rely on herself and the very few people she knows she can trust to stand and fight. Only two things are guaranteed: nothing is sacred, and no one is safe.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Group Review of Pet Dad by Elanna Allen

Pet Dad, Elanna Allen, Review, Bea's Book Nook
Publisher: Dial Books
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: May 1st, 2018
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Blurb from goodreads:

Plum wants the perfect pet, but instead realizes she has the perfect dad in this charming and hilarious picture book that's great for father's day.

Plum wants a pet. Plum's dad wants NO pets. So Plum, who never takes no for an answer, gets the only pet she can: a pet dad. Dad is a great pet--he loves playtime, tummy rubs, and scratches behind the ears. But every time Plum tries to get him to sit, or fetch, or chase, dad barks NO. Plum doesn't take no for an answer. How will she train her perfect pet (without getting a time-out)?

Hilariously relatable and with ultra-cute art, Pet Dad is perfect for kids who love or want pets--or who already have the perfect parents to make up for it.
 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Bea Reviews Warning Light by David Ricciardi

Publisher: Berkley
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Release Date: April 17th, 2018
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Blurb from goodreads:

When a commercial aircraft makes an emergency landing at an Iranian military base, it looks like a crisis has been narrowly avoided. But for undercover intelligence analyst Zac Miller, the CIA-staged crash landing is the only part of his assignment that goes right.

What was supposed to be a simple surveillance mission quickly heads south when the Iranians apprehend the smooth-talking American. Never trained to be a field operative, Zac's in over his head, especially when it turns out escaping from captivity is only the beginning of his problems. On the run across Europe from both Iranian agents and Western authorities who are convinced he's defected, Zac finds himself fighting for his life, with no guarantee he'll even have one to go back to.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Bea Reviews This Is a Taco by Andrew Cangelose & Illustrated by Josh Shipley

This Is a Taco!, Review, Bea's Book Nook, Andrew Cangelose, Josh Shipley
Publisher: Lion Forge
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Release Date: May 1st, 2018
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Blurb from goodreads:

This is a squirrel . . . "Hey, I may be a squirrel, but my name is Taco! And I don't eat nuts and tree bark—blech—I prefer tacos!" The natural predator of squirrels is . . . "Whoa, whoa, whoa! Who is writing this book? I do not like where this is going." This hilarious send-up of a children's nature primer teaches kids that the most important story is the one you write yourself.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bea Reviews The Sixth Day by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

Series: A Brit in the FBI #5
Publisher: Gallery Books
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Release Date: April 10th, 2018 
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Blurb from goodreads:

Special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine take on a ruthless mastermind in this highly anticipated new thriller in the New York Times bestselling 'A Brit in the FBI' series

When several major political figures die mysteriously, officials declare the deaths are from natural causes. Then the German Vice-Chancellor dies on the steps of 10 Downing Street and a drone is spotted hovering over the scene. The truth becomes clear - these high-profile deaths are well-constructed assassinations, and the Covert Eyes team is tasked to investigate.

With the help of Dr Isabella Marin, a young expert in the enigmatic Voynich Manuscript and cryptophasia (twin language), Nicholas and Michaela home in on Roman Ardelean, a wealthy cybersecurity genius and a descendant of fifteenth century Romanian Vlad the Impaler - often romanticised as Dracula. Ardelean believes the Voynich Manuscript will unlock the secret to curing his severely ill twin brother’s blood disorder and is willing to murder anyone who gets in his way, including Nicholas and Michaela.

Along with MI5, the Covert Eyes team must race against the clock to find Ardelean before he unleashes a devastating attack on London intended to destroy those he believes betrayed him.

With heart-pounding tension and gripping suspense, New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison 'are really on an amazing roll with their outstanding A Brit in the FBI series' (RT Book Reviews).