One, similar to this one in the photo below, is at my local library. You slide the books in one at a time and the beam 'reads' the data from the barcode label on the book and it's recorded as a return.
So what library books have I been reading lately?
I tried a 'new to me' author last time I borrowed...
Another book I was returning that day is set in the UK, in the Sussex countryside. It's a 'ghost' novel and I didn't think I would like it, but it was a real page turner! As a result I finished it in record time as I wanted to know that ending!! Lol. I had borrowed this book thinking it was one of James's 'Roy Grace' novels.
I have grown to really love the series of books by Martin Walker; set in France in the rural town/village of Saint Denis. Reading these books, I've learned much about historical aspects of France and also the different levels of policing, eg local, Police Nationale, Gendarmes.
Bruno is the local policeman and what an interesting man he is. A former soldier, he has become a much loved part of the village, with his horse Hector and his pup Balzac. Bruno also likes to garden and cook, so in some of the chapters I find myself salivating at the description of some of the meals he is preparing.
In this particular book, the theme of radicalisation of some young men/boys is explored. The world knows of the recent real life events in Paris which are linked to this problem so it was interesting that Walker wove this theme into his book.
I get to read more novels these days than I was ever able to read while working. One of the perks of retirement!