S is for Sweden

Today's a special day in the A to Z Challenge. It's my birthday! And we're featuring my favorite letter of the alphabet.

As we continue our way through the most beautiful libraries from around the world, we've arrived at the Stockholm Public Library in Sweden. Also called the Stockholms Stadsbibliotek, this library's main room is a rotunda.

Collectively, the Stockholm Public Library has over 2 million volumes.

Stockholm's Public Library



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R is for Rio de Janeiro

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday. We're back to the A to Z Challenge and entering the fourth week of April. The challenge is nearing its end, and we've almost completed the alphabet.

We're now on the letter R, which brings us to a fabulous library located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's the Royal Portuguese Reading Room, or in Portuguese this library's called the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura.

The Reading Room contains over 350,000 volumes and is the largest library of Portuguese literature that exists outside of Portugal.

Rio de Janeiro's Royal Portuguese Reading Room



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Free eBooks: The Bloodied Birds and The Kings of Nothing by Ted Oswald

The Bloodied Birds and The Kings of Nothing by Ted Oswald are two short mysteries that follow two children living in the slums of Haiti. These short stories take place before the events in Oswald's book Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti.

The Bloodied Birds (A Because We Are Short Mystery, #1)



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This short story, set prior to the events of Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti, features the return of two children from the slums of Port-au-Prince, the brash Libète and brilliant Jak. As a generation-old family feud is about to explode over some stolen chickens, only these pint-sized detectives are able to uncover who is behind the missing birds and prevent new blood from flowing in the streets of Cité Soleil.

For those who have read Oswald’s full-length mystery novel Because We Are, The Bloodied Birds offers a return ticket to Haiti, weaving a story of intrigue, heart, and social conscience that will please readers of all stripes.

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The Kings of Nothing (A Because We Are Short Mystery #2)



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A new short mystery giving life to the highly-praised characters and world of Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti, The Kings of Nothing picks up as Edge St. Marc, a renowned Haitian-born musician, comes to the slums of Port-au-Prince to play a one-time concert. The only problem? When called to the stage, the singer has vanished. Only pint-sized detectives Libète and Jak can put the pieces together before the spurned community erupts in conflict.

Set in the months prior to the full-length mystery novel Because We Are, Oswald offers another winning exploration of the slums of Haiti in a unique story reverberating with the power of music and the folly of celebrity.

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You can also purchase these books for $0.99 on Amazon. And be sure to visit Ted Oswald's website at BecauseWeAre.com and follow him on Goodreads.