Today I’m thankful for my birthday. Generally I don’t think about it but just the other day is like the same as yesterday unless it was my birthday. I think Canada is like that. Today I’m signing up for home internet service from a vendor at the mall. I walk by nearly everyday as it’s on my way to the public library. So the sales clerk nearly throws a fit at me for some clerical reason and I’m expected to treat it like she’s my sister!
The other day I was in the Dollarama and was accosted by a few reckless teenagers whom scared me silly. The next day I noted that my brand new makeup from the day was gone! I called the police, shocked that anybody in the community would target me and immediately went together to hospital with the police hand in hand. Generally I’d get the police to look around for the youngsters and make an arrest to teach them a lesson about bullying. I did not push the agenda because I know that these kiddos want the image as did the woman from the hospital with the eyeliner.
I want to tell you something about the local Pickering mall. There are guys there working for the telecommunications company bullying (mainly women) people who do not use cell phones. There was a major sale at the store and they gave me a said free SIM card to get the account but what they did was bill me $65 on my credit to make some money because later they did not even follow up on the connection service. I would have paid the connection fee but because they told me the SIM card was a free gift I did not follow up and let it go because I did not want the cell phone anyway. Realistically I did get angry when I found out they silently charged me for the free gift and did not bother to follow up. Today when I see them laughing at the lone Mom without a way to call her family at home after a good sale I just look the other way.
Saint-Germain – Luxembourg District 06, Paris, Ile-de-France, France
The Bibliothèque Mazarine (biblijɔtɛk mazaʁin) is the oldest public library in France. The Bibliothèque Mazarine was initially the personal library of Cardinal Mazarin (1602-1661), who was a great bibliophile. His first library, arranged by his librarian, Gabriel Naudé, was dispersed when he had to flee Paris during the Fronde.
He then began a second library with what was left of the first, assisted by the successor to Naudé, François de La Poterie. At his death he bequeathed his library, which he had opened to scholars since 1643, to the Collège des Quatre-Nations which he had founded in 1661. Reopened in 1682, the Mazarin library has occupied the eastern wing of the Bâtiments du Collège since its inception. The Collège des Quatre-Nations became in 1805 the Palais de l’Institut de France.
By the time of the French Revolution, the Bibliothèque Mazarine sheltered more than 60,000 volumes. The library became public and received a considerable number of books seized from the nobles or from religious congregations. Among its collection of 2,370 incunabula is a specimen of the Gutenberg Bible known as the Bible Mazarine.
Former French president François Mitterrand’s once illegitimate and hidden daughter Mazarine Pingeot is said to be named after this library because of her parents’ love for books.