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Monday, May 26, 2014
Themes That Rocked! Challenge Participant Lanise Brown and Libraries From Around the World
Please welcome book reviewer, Lanise Brown!
Your theme was libraries around the world. What made you choose that for the Challenge?
My idea for the challenge sort of came last minute. While I was thinking up a theme and searching for cool bookish things online, I came across an article about the amazing libraries of the world. And I had my theme.
Which one was your favorite?
It’s difficult to pick just one, but I think the Rijksmuseum Research Library in Amsterdam and the José Vasconcelos Library in Mexico top my list.
They were all very unique – which one was the most unique or even odd?
The most unique and unusual was Mexico’s José Vasconcelos Library because of the building’s size, the painted whale skeleton that’s on display in the main hall, and the fact that the library’s been nicknamed the Megabiblioteca (megalibrary).
Which letter was the most difficult?
All of the letters towards the end of the alphabet were challenging, but the letter X was the toughest by far. No states or countries in the world begin with the letter X, so I had to resort to cities. Eventually, I found the Zhangzhou Campus University Library in Xiamen, China. There weren’t many pictures of the library though.
Have you ever visited any of the libraries you featured?
Sadly, no. But I hope I’ll get to visit a few of the locations some day.
Which one is the oldest?
The oldest is the National Library of France, which was founded in the 14th century. I featured the library’s Richelieu Reading Room that houses the library’s rare and antique collections.
If someone let you loose in one of those libraries, what would you do and how long would you stay?
Oh my goodness. I’d be like a kid in a candy shop. I’d probably grab more books than I could possibly read, and take a lot of pictures of the architecture. I’d make it a daylong event of course.
If you do the Challenge again next year, do you have a theme in mind?
I’ve been thinking about next year’s challenge. I suppose I’ll go with the rarest books from around the world, or I might even continue the library theme. There are so many more libraries to share.
Co-host Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh is the author of Amazon Best-sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm, and his blog can be found HERE