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"Read to Youngsters" Fix for Novellas Nouveau Bookcase in FreeTime

by Lord Darcy Posted 19th May 2008 at 12:57 PM - Updated 24th Jul 2011 at 9:09 AM by Lord Darcy : AL Compatibility
7 Comments / replies (Who?) - 1 Feedback Posts, 6 Thanks Posts

Many people noticed that Novellas Nouveau Bookcase (Art Nouveau Bookcase) is missing "Read to... (Youngsters)" function in FreeTime. The function is there, but is erroneously labeled under "Discuss..." menu, because EAxis borked a text string file for this bookcase.

This is a little fix that restores "Read to Youngsters" (toddlers and children) function to Novellas Nouveau Bookcase. I even reported this bug in the official bug report thread over at BBS, along with several other glitches that can be easily found and fixed in about 5 minutes, but the pulled FT patch didn't address these issues. I almost forgot that I made this fix in March until I came upon a BBS post reporting this bug.

The 3rd FreeTime patch did NOT fix this bug, either.

Compatible with AL. This bug is still (probably forever) unfixed.
Now part of Pie Menu Text Strings Fix, which also fixes similar problems in other objects.


Place in your My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads folder.
(Or in a subfolder of Downloads folder.)

Additional Credits:

Everyone who contributed to the development of SimPE

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2 Free Time
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Size: 1.0 KB · Downloads: 4,426 · 19th May 2008
1.0 KB 4,426 19th May 2008
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Field Researcher
#2 Old 20th May 2008 at 3:28 PM
Thank you Lord Darcy - I wouldn't know what to do without your very useful fixes.
Shame on Maxis.
Top Secret Researcher
#3 Old 20th May 2008 at 3:28 PM
another mistake by maxis...
thanks for fixing it!
#4 Old 20th May 2008 at 5:53 PM
Thank you sir Darcy!
This is very helpful!
Test Subject
#5 Old 2nd Jul 2008 at 7:35 PM
It would be nice if someone created a read to many hack. Ya know, so you can read to more than one person at a time.

Anyways, thanks for the hack!
Field Researcher
#6 Old 12th Jul 2008 at 1:19 AM
thank you verymuch, Master Darcy.
#7 Old 18th Dec 2008 at 6:56 PM
Is it just me or is it that FreeTime has loads of problems with it especially the made first BFF. I know this has been done (The Made First BFF thing) so please don't reply with a link to a fix. Anyway thanx for this fix, it was quite annoying. By the way I put this as a thanx because It was a special thanx.
Test Subject
#8 Old 23rd Jul 2014 at 10:13 PM
Thank you ! :)