It is interesting to note what amenities are provided for military and foreign service overseas. We get a PX, a commissary, a gym, school, bowling alley and a library.
I did not have high hopes for the library and those hopes have been met. I will admit Fairfax County will spoil one for almost any other library system. SHAPE library is multi-lingual. The English language section is shared by both the Americans and the British so it is larger than the other sections. There is a decent selection of best-selling authors. So I have access to Steele, Archer, Cussler, etc. It is an opportunity to read authors I have long ignored, to try some new things.
Earlier this year, I wanted to have Kyra read Diary of Anne Frank. Given that we are next to the Netherlands I thought for sure the library would have it - wrong.
The upside is I have found some new authors I enjoy - Sarah Addison Bell and Carol Cassella. I have also encountered some duds - Dixie Cash.
So while the library isn't great, it isn't all bad and has plenty of books I haven't read. I am grateful though, I have a Kindle.