One struggle of living abroad is library access. I run an elementary school library (singlehandedly) and I have access to the secondary school, but the joy of discovery is somewhat lessened when you know, more or less, exactly what’s available. I have a library card for my ku* but 99% of the books are in Japanese, which I … can’t read.
(*Tokyo is such a huge and unwieldy city (pop. 13,617,000) that the metro area is broken down into special wards, called ku. Residents are eligible for a library card in the ward where they live, and the ward where they work or attend school.)
Thanks to the magic of technology, I have access to both CLAMS (the Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing, because everything on Cape Cod is nautical-themed) and BPL (Boston Public Library) ebooks collections. (I live in Japan, but I vote, file my taxes, and, yes, get summoned for jury duty in Massachusetts.) The very first thing I did when I went to Boston during my recent trip Stateside was set up a BPL card.
Without further ado, here’s this week’s Library Loot!
From Boston Public Library:
… and from the school library where I work:
Okay, if we want to get technical, I borrowed this at the end of the week before vacation.
I had a lot of reading time this week because it was (sorta) Silver Week… and it rained the whole time. (The whole country didn’t get a five day vacation… but my school did.)