Jon and I happened upon the Prague main library in Old Town the other day, so we walked in, where we found this:
It's a floor-to-ceiling hollow tower of books and it looks pretty cool.
And this is what you see when you look in. It gave me vertigo, even though it's just a mirror in the bottom. There's one in the top, too, so it looks like an endless cylinder of books.
I think I should build one in our house!
Our local library (where I'm lucky enough to work part-time) is doing a program this year called The Ultimate Book Geek Challenge. The challenge is to read 50 books in 50 weeks and they have to fit into a list of 50 categories supplied by the library. I didn't think I'd do it because I don't read as much as I used to and I wasn't that interested in the category idea.
But I started keeping track of my books, found that I was reading more than I would have expected, and thought it would be good to support my friend and fellow librarian, Rasheil, who is running the program. She said I could be kind of creative with the categories, too. Plus, if you succeed at the 50 books in 50 weeks challenge, you get a sweatshirt! And Rasheil said I could get one that zips in the front. So I'm going for it, and at this moment in August of 2018, I've read 33 of the 50 books.
In this post, I'll write about five of the books I've read and the categories they fill (or t…
On Monday, we went with the missionaries to Asenovgrad, a 25-minute train ride from Plovdiv. In the train on the way, we met a nice couple who were delighted with our large family. They were happy to tell us that they have six grown children, including two sons who live in Paris with their families. They especially liked Mira, who, they said, looks like one of their daughters did when she was young. The woman gave Mira a couple of coins and was concerned that she might be cold (I understood that one sentence, because it's similar in Czech). I was happy to have the missionaries there to translate for us, although I did manage to tell them in Bulgarian that we have six children. They wished us life and health as we parted ways in Asenovgrad.
Asenovgrad is a small town that is famous in Bulgaria for making wedding dresses, so we saw lots of seamstress shops with amazing wedding gowns and other fancy clothes in the windows as we made our way through town towards the mountains nearby…