My first foreign library visit!

As most of you know, I'm in Albania right now, a nanny/teacher to two missionary kids, "Jane" and "Michael." The three of us walked up to the library this morning! The building is part war memorial, part library, part I-don't-know-what, but it's beautiful.
It's the British Library of Durres, so 90% of the books are in English. I was delighted with the large selection--British lit is my favourite. I've never seen so many copies of The Railway Children in my life. At least 40. But the building is so full of mold and mildew, you have to breathe through your mouth. Not the best environment for preserving books. I only brought home one today--Roald Dahl's BFG.
The library is dedicated to Princess Diana
A gorgeous set of Arthur Ransome's Swallow books--this photo is for you, Robbie. :)

1 comment:

brilynne said...

Um, so I guess I owe you an e-mail big time? I had no idea you were already over there! This makes me happy.

Oh, how I love Ransome's Swallow books. I love them so much I can hardly stand it. Thanks for the picture.