WATCH STRANGER THINGS 3 WITH ROKU

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The door to the Upside Down is open yet again. The third season of Stranger Things premiered last week, and is already breaking records for streaming giant Netflix. 40.7 million accounts have watched the show, and 18.2 million have already finished the entire season, according to an announcement made by Netflix this past Monday. If you haven’t seen it yet, and want to get in on the fun, consider renting a Roku device from the library today! Our Roku devices not only give you access to all of Netflix’s exclusive content (like the sci-fi anthology Black Mirror, the new hit Russian Doll, and of course Stranger Things) but also to Acorn TV, and to our Vudu collection. The broad selection across these services offers something for every member of your family, no matter what they like to watch!

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Roku devices are available to rent for three or seven-day periods, depending on availability. At two dollars a day, they are truly the most convenient and cost-effective way to stream your favorite shows and movies. Stranger Things season three won’t be released on DVD for at least a year—with Roku you can catch it while it’s hot, and join the 40.7 million who are already in the Upside Down.

You can reserve your Roku online here. For more information, call 610-280-2650 or email cclspecialitems@ccls.org.

Audiobook Spotlight: The Mists of Avalon: Mistress of Magic

Fantasy fans looking for a fix after the recent ending of Game of Thrones will love Marion Zimmer Bradley’s intricate and beautiful take on Arthurian legend. The Mists of Avalon: Mistress of Magic retells the classic tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, but from the perspective of the women of these tales. At the center of the story is Morgaine, a pagan priestess who has sworn to keep her religion alive, even if it mists of avalonmeans going against her beloved brother Arthur. Her aunt, Viviane, mentors Morgaine with love and has great hope for her future, yet is torn between her love and her duty, which will require her to use Morgaine as a pawn to fulfill a prophecy. Meanwhile, Arthur’s wife Gwenhwyfar is torn between her devotion to Arthur and to God, and the passionate love she feels for the handsome knight Lancelet. These three women’s wills and desires will go on to shape not only the fate of Arthur and Camelot, but also the fate of Avalon, a place of magic that exists outside of place and time.

The Mists of Avalon lends a fresh, feminine perspective to a much-told story, all while retaining the drama, romance, action, and magic one comes to expect from the High Fantasy genre. Book List Review calls it an “exquisitely crafted recreation of the Arthurian legend.” This first book, Mistress of Magic, is available now on RBDigital, along with the next three books in the series. You can listen to them all for free, without ever having to put them on hold. Remember that listeners like you keep this service available for everyone, so check out The Mists of Avalon today!

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By Emily

Free YA Audiobooks Week Twelve

It’s the twelfth week of SYNC’s YA audiobook giveaway!

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 1st. The current titles are available until July 17th, and while the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

Download this week’s pairing of free audiobooks!

Vincent and Theo
By Deborah Heiligman
Read by Philip Fox
Published by Dreamscape Media

Summary: The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh defined both brothers’ lives. As a confidant, champion, sympathizer, and friend, Theo financially and emotionally supported his older brother as the artistic but troubled Vincent struggled to find his path in life as both a painter and a man. Throughout that struggle, the brothers shared everything – swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a meticulously researched tale of those two intertwined lives and the extraordinary love that fueled them.

Becoming Kareem
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Read by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Published by Hachette Audio

Summary: The first memoir for young readers by sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. At one time, Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He struggled with fitting in, with pleasing a strict father, and with overcoming shyness that made him feel socially awkward. But with a talent for basketball, and an unmatched team of supporters, Lew Alcindor was able to transform and to become Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From a childhood made difficult by racism and prejudice to a record-smashing career on the basketball court as an adult, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s life was packed with “coaches” who taught him right from wrong and led him on the path to greatness. His parents, coaches Jack Donahue and John Wooden, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and many others played important roles in Abdul-Jabbar’s life and sparked him to become an activist for social change and advancement. The inspiration from those around him, and his drive to find his own path in life, are highlighted in this personal and awe-inspiriting journey. Written especially for young readers, Becoming Kareem chronicles how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar become the icon and legend he is today, both on and off the court.

Downloading Tips:
The OverDrive Media Console will deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you via Overdrive Media Software installed on your computer (compatible with Windows and Mac) or through an Overdrive App on your mobile device (compatible with iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets, Windows Phone 8/10, Nook, and MP3 players).

Visit our OverDrive website to download the app or software.

All summaries are from http://www.audiobooksync.com/.

New Releases

MoviesPet Sematary
Pet Sematary
After
Little
High Life
Unmarked
Tell it to the Bees
The Professor
Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World
Chasing the Moon
The Last Survivors
The Most Dangerous Year
Transit
Europa Europa
Life Between the WatersThe Golden Hour
3 Faces
Freedom

TV Series
Gotham season 5
Endeavour season 6
Broad City season 5
The Magicians season 4

Audiobooks
Under Currents by Nora Roberts
The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams

Audiobook Spotlight: I Shot the Buddha

Looking for a good book to listen to on your summer vacation? This charming, clever mystery by Colin Cotterill may just be for you. I Shot the Buddha takes place in Laos in i shot the buddhathe year 1979, and follows a retired coroner, Dr. Siri Paiboun, and his wife, Madame Daeng, as the unravel the case of three interlocking murders. Siri and Daeng share their house with a colorful collection of homeless people, oddballs, and misfits. One such misfit is a Buddhist monk named Noo, who leaves Siri’s house one day one his bicycle and never returns. However, he does leave something behind: a single strange note, left in the refrigerator, pleading Siri to help smuggle a fellow monk into Thailand. Unable to resist such an adventure, Siri agrees to help—but when he finds out the man he’s smuggling is suspected of triple homicide, he finds himself at odds with everyone from the Laos secret service to a famous spiritualist. Now it is up to Siri and his friends to prove the man’s innocence—and their own—before it’s too late!

The Book List Review raves that I Shot the Buddha is “incredibly rich in atmospheric detail and intricate plotting” and that Cotterill, “never fails to engage.” The book is packed with suspense but buoyed by subtle, warm wit, especially from its two main characters, Siri and Madame Daeng. Smart, heartfelt, and entertaining, it is the perfect book to relax with as you lie on the beach, to listen to on a road trip, or even to enjoy in the comfort of your own backyard. Best of all, you’ll never have to wait to listen; I Shot the Buddha is always available to listen to on RBDigital. This service is only possible because of listeners like you, so explore what RBDigital has to offer—you’ll have enough books to last you all summer long!

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By Emily

Free YA Audiobooks Week Eleven

It’s the eleventh week of SYNC’s YA audiobook giveaway!

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 1st. The current titles are available until July 10th, and while the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

Download this week’s pairing of free audiobooks!

The Canterville Ghost
By Oscar Wilde
Read by Rupert Degas
Published by Naxos Audiobooks

Summary: A terrifying ghost is haunting the ancient mansion of Canterville Chase, complete with creaking floorboards, clanking chains and gruesome disguises – but the new occupants seem strangely undisturbed by his presence. Deftly contrasting the conventional gothic ghost story with the pragmatism of the modern world, Wilde creates a gently comic fable of the conflict between old and new. Rupert Degas’s hilarious reading brings the absurdity and theatricality of the story to life.

The Name of the Star
By Maureen Johnson
Read by Nicola Barber
Published by Brilliance Audio

Summary: New York Times bestseller Maureen Johnson takes on Jack the Ripper in this captivating paranormal thriller! The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “”Rippermania”” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him–the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

Downloading Tips:
The OverDrive Media Console will deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you via Overdrive Media Software installed on your computer (compatible with Windows and Mac) or through an Overdrive App on your mobile device (compatible with iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets, Windows Phone 8/10, Nook, and MP3 players).

Visit our OverDrive website to download the app or software.

All summaries are from http://www.audiobooksync.com/.

New Releases

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The Best of Enemies
The Public
Saint Judy
Crown and Anchor
An Acceptable Loss
Ulysses: A Dark Odyssey
Styx
Rhythm of the Dance
The Abortion Divide
The River and the Wall
Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student’s Journey
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The Heiresses

Music
Let’s Rock by The Black Keys
Anjunabeats Volume 14 by Above & Beyond
Stranger Songs by Ingrid Michaelson
The Love Reunion by Raheem Devaughn
Blue Roses by Runaway June
Indigo by Chris Brown

Audiobooks
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Staff Picks June 2019

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Dragana’s Picks

DVD: Copenhagen

Interesting story about family history, growing love, and bicycle rides. Featuring copenhagenbeautiful Copenhagen and Danish culture.

CD: Beethoven: Complete Sonata for Piano and Violin by Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov beethoven.jpg

Four discs set includes a short behind-the-scenes DVD. Both Faust and Melnikov are playing the period instruments, Faust a Stradivarius, Melnikov on Steinway, and they created their performance from the original Beethoven manuscripts. Outstanding, and essential listening

Emily’s Picks

DVD: Pacific Rim

What could easily have been a run-of-the-mill “Monsters vs. Robots” movie is instead, in 246008id1f_PacRim_Main_Final_Rated_27x40_1Sheet.indddirector Guillermo del Toro’s hands, a blockbuster that has as much heart as it has action and fun. Dynamic characters, colorful filmmaking, and an emphasis on the importance of human connection make Pacific Rim a cut above the rest. father of the bride

CD: Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend

The perfect album for summer– it has a great blend of high-energy bops and slow, chill jams, all with Vampire Weekend’s eccentric, beachy sound. Great for road trips along the coast, or a ‘staycation’ on your day off!

Jessie’s Picks

DVD: Leverage

“Leverage follows a team of expert thieves that take down corrupt corporations in elaborate high-tech schemes. Insurance investigator Nate Ford exposed scams and leverage.jpgrecovered stolen items worth millions. But his life hit the skids when his insurance company allowed his ailing 8-year-old son to die. Years later, Nate gets even as the leader of a specialized team of thieves, computer experts and con artists that right corporate and governmental injustices against honest citizens. To expose corruption, Nate will do circewrong for all the right reasons– he will provide leverage.”

Audiobook: Circe by Madeline Miller

“Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.”

Kim’s Picks

DVD: The Last Valley

It is surprising that this 1971 epic has been all but forgotten and until recently the last valleyunavailable or exceedingly costly.  The film features top stars Michael Caine and Omar Sharif, a compelling music score by John Barry (creator of the James Bond sound), and beautiful Tirolean locales.  It also touches on a period in history that rarely has been mined:  the Thirty Years War that decimated most of Central Europe in the 17th Century.  The story:  as winter approaches, a band of mercenaries led by “The Captain” (Caine) discovers a hidden and idyllic valley and secure an agreement with the chief burgher and priest to desist from plunder and rapine and live harmoniously until the following spring when the interlopers will return to the bloody fray.  If only it were so simple.

Audiobook: Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

This exploration of the universe and our place in it is the last book of the world-renowned and admired British scientist who intrigued the public by surviving and brief answers.jpgflourishing while combating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease.   His A Brief History of Time in 1988 became an international best-seller.  In this book, Hawking provides his considered answers to the largest questions:  does god exist, is artificial intelligence a danger to future humanity, can the existential threats of nuclear war and climate change be thwarted, is time travel possible, what exactly are black holes?  In an epilogue, Hawking’s daughter describes the outpouring of affection attending the funeral cortege moving through Cambridge after her father died in 2018.  Only 500 mourners were invited to the service but huge crowds lined the roadway.  This is a book about science and an exemplary human being.

Mary’s Picks

DVD: Spy

I laughed so hard watching this. One of Melissa McCarthy’s funniest, and also a pretty spy mccarthygood action movie! midnight in paris st

CD: Midnight in Paris: Music from the Motion Picture

This was a great movie with just as great music. It takes you right to romantic, 1920’s Paris. The very best of Jazz.

 

Stephanie’s Picks

Audiobook: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

i see youIn this pshycological thriller, danger lurks around every corner. You won’t want to stop listening.

DVD: Young Adult young adult

Raw and honest, funny yet uncomfortable to watch at times, Young Adult is the story of a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart.

All quoted summaries by catalog.ccls.org.

 

Audiobook Spotlight: Just Between Us

This thrilling new suspense novel by IMBA bestselling author Rebecca Drake will be a surefire favorite for fans of suspense masters like Lisa Scottoline. In Just Between Us, Alison, Julie, Sarah, and Heather are housewives and longtime friends who live in the just between ussame peaceful, suburban neighborhood. Outwardly, their lives appear to be ideal. They each have beautiful, healthy children, lovely homes, and seemingly happy marriages. Yet all four friends have deep-buried secrets, and all it takes is one problem to turn their world upside-down. When Alison discovers a terrible bruise on Heather’s wrist, she starts to suspect that her friend’s perfect marriage is not as happy as she would have them believe. Julie and Sarah share her suspicions of abuse, especially as Heather’s injuries grow more serious. Despite her friends’ concerns, however, Heather refuses to leave her husband, and soon all her friends can do is hope for their friend’s safety. Then, one night, they receive a phone call: Heather’s husband is dead.  And now the question is—how far will Alison, Sarah, and Julie go to help their friend? The choices they make will not only change the course of their lives, but test the limits of their friendship.

Just Between Us paints a spine-tingling picture of the dark side of suburban life that will leave you wondering who, if anyone, can be trusted. Publishers Weekly calls Drake’s novel “A twisty, domestic thriller […] tense, bombshell-laden, and action-packed.” If you need a page-turner to listen to on a long trip or your morning commute, this book is for you! You can check it out today for free on RBDigital, without ever having to place it on hold. Remember: listeners like you help keep this service available for everyone, so give RBDigital a try! You may be thrilled with what you find.

For more information about RBDigital, click here!

By Emily

Free YA Audiobooks Week Ten

It’s the tenth week of SYNC’s YA audiobook giveaway!

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 1st. The current titles are available until July 3rd, and while the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

Download this week’s pairing of free audiobooks!

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
By Meg Medina
Read by Roxanne Hernandez
Published by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio

Summary: “Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass.” That’s what some girl tells Piddy Sanchez one morning before school. Too bad Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui Delgado is, let alone what she’s done to piss her off. All Piddy knows is that Yaqui hates her—and she better watch her back because Yaqui isn’t kidding around. At first Piddy just focuses on trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off and running away from her problems? In this poignant and all-too-realistic story from award-winning author Meg Medina, Piddy is forced to decide exactly who she is versus who others are trying to make her become—and ultimately discovers a rhythm that is all her own.

Heretics Anonymous
By Katie Henry
Read by Michael Crouch
Published by HarperAudio

Put an atheist in a strict Catholic school? Expect comedy, chaos, and an Inquisition. The Breakfast Club meets Saved! in debut author Katie Henry’s hilarious novel about a band of misfits who set out to challenge their school, one nun at a time. Perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Robyn Schneider.

Downloading Tips:
The OverDrive Media Console will deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you via Overdrive Media Software installed on your computer (compatible with Windows and Mac) or through an Overdrive App on your mobile device (compatible with iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets, Windows Phone 8/10, Nook, and MP3 players).

Visit our OverDrive website to download the app or software.

All summaries are from http://www.audiobooksync.com/.