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Library Refurbishment Year

This beginning of the year seems to be library refurbishment year. At least for libraries that I visit or should be visiting. My book reservation titled “Twilight” was made available after 3-month wait, and 4 days after I moved down to Reading. I can’t collect it even if I want to, because the Longsight library is under refurbishment, and a temporary setup will be ready only on 23 February 2009.

Battle Library

Battle Library

3 minutes walk away from my home in Reading, there is the Battle Library. I wrote in to ask when they will reopen again, they said this summer 2009. In the meantime, if I need to visit a library, I could visit the Reading Central Library, but it is too far from home, at least 25 minutes walk. I have since placed a reservation for “Twilight” in Reading. Number 27 in a queue. I suppose I have to wait another 2 months. 😦

You wonder, when last month’s news talk about closing libraries in the Northwest England, the libraries I know are going through major refurbishment. There is going to be an Adult learning centre, more state of art decor, more new books in Longsight Library. I am happy for inhabitants of Longsight. A lot more support are needed there.


About the Battle Library

Battle was the first library to be built by Reading Borough. A striking structure, funded in part by Andrew Carnegie, Battle has provided a unique landmark for the local community since 1908 and is a grade II listed building. It has always played an important part in the lives of local residents, serving as a hospital in WWI and as an air raid depot in WWII. Today Battle library provides a venue for various activities and organisations such as Baby Clinic run in partnership with Reading Primary Care Trust and ESOL classes run by Reading Adult College.

About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

JoV's favorite books »
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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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