Billboard Music Awards 2017

The 2017 Billboard Music Award ceremony took place last night, May 21st. Check out the winners below!

Artist of the Year
Drake

Top New Artist
Zayn Malik

Top Male Artist
Drake

Top Female Artist
Beyoncé

Top Duo/Group
Twenty One Pilots

Top R&B Artist
Beyoncé

Top Rap Artist
Drake

Top County Artist
Blake Shelton

Top Rock Artist
Twenty One Pilots

Top R&B Album
Lemonade by Beyoncé

Top Rap Album
Views by Drake

Top Country Album
Traveller by Chris Stapleton

Top Rock Album
Hardwired… To Self-Destruct by Metallica

Check out the complete list of winners on Billboards website!

 

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Everything, Everything Book to Movie Discussion CANCELLED

Unfortunately, the Book to Movie Discussion of Everything, Everything has been cancelled.

We hope to have a Book to Movie discussion of The Dark Tower in August.

 

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Four

It’s Week Four of SYNC’s YA audiobook giveaway!

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until May 24th, 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.

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The Gathering: Shadow House Book 1
by Dan Poblocki
Read by Dan Bittner
Published by Scholastic Audiobooks

Summary: “Poppy Caldwell is an orphan who keeps seeing a figure standing behind her in the mirror at the group home where she lives, but she does not associate this ghost with the letter that mysteriously appears in her file, claiming to be from a long-lost aunt, and inviting her to Larkspur House–and she is just one of five children who find themselves gathered in this strange house with a deadly past, and apparently no intention of letting the children escape.”

 

In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It
by Nita Belles
Read by Nicol Zanzarella
Published by Oasis Audio

Summary: “Modern slavery is happening all around you . . . and you can be part of the solution. Human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. Nor is it something that just happens to ‘other people,’ such as runaways or the disenfranchised. Even kids in your own neighborhood can fall victim. But they don’t have to. Through true stories and expertise from her many years of boots-on-the-ground experience, anti-trafficking expert Nita Belles teaches you everything you need to know about human trafficking in the United States, helping you identify risk factors, take practical steps to keep your loved ones and neighbors safe from predators, and recognize trafficking around you, so that you can help fight it.”

 

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, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 8, Kindle, Nook, and MP3 players).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

All summaries are from http://www.audiobooksync.com/ and http://catalog.ccls.org.

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New Releases 5/16

Movies 
Sleepless
XXX: Return of Xander Cage
Split
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
The Space Between Us
Lovesong
Between Us
Africa’s Great Civilizations
The Great War

T.V. Series
Mystery Science Theater 3000, Volume 5
The Kennedys: After Camelot 

Music
Welcome Home by Zac Brown Band
Mis Planes Son Amarte by Juanes
After Laughter by Paramore
Angry & Alone by Sean White
Dreamcar by Dreamcar
Poison the Parish by Seether
Panther in the Dollhouse by Whitehorse
Thankful by New Kids on the Block
A Kind Revolution by Paul Weller
Bloom by Machine Gun Kelly
Harry Styles by Harry Styles

Audiobooks
Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Three

It’s Week Three of SYNC’s YA audiobook giveaway!

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until May 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 YA audiobooks!

Bronx Masquerade
by Nikki Grimes
Read by Jessica Almasy, Kevin R. Free, Marc Damon Johnson, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Melanie Martinez, and Cherise Boothe
Published by Recorded Books

Summary: While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they’ve written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.

 

Teenage Diaries: Then and Now
by Radio Diaries
Hosted by Joe Richman
Published by HighBridge Audio

Summary: They conduct interviews, keep audio journals, and record the sounds of daily life; usually collecting more than 30 hours of raw tape over the course of a year, edited into documentaries airing on NPR’s All Things Considered. Whether it’s the story of Amanda, a gay teen trying to understand her sexuality, or the story of Juan, who crossed the Rio Grande with his family illegally, these stories offer insight into the mysterious life of teenagers. Sixteen years later, five of those diarists return to chronicle their grown-up lives.

 

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, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 8, Kindle, Nook, and MP3 players).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

All summaries are from http://www.audiobooksync.com/ and http://catalog.ccls.org.

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New Releases 5/9

Movies
The Bye Bye Man
Things to Come
The Origami Revolution
Plants Behaving Badly
Secrets of the Dead: Nero’s Sunken City

T.V. Series
Divorce, Season 1

Music
Turn Up the Quiet by Diana Krall
This Old Dog by Mac Demarco
Pollinator by Blondie
In*ter A*li*a by At the Drive-In
In Spades by The Afghan Whigs
Season High by Little Dragon
No Shape by Perfum Genius

Audiobooks
House of Names by Colm Toibin
The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

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Jamie’s Staff Picks for May

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“In this mockumentary series set in a real Australian high school, comedian Chris Lilley brings to life three hilarious characters: Jonah, a 13-year-old delinquent breakdancer from Tonga; Mr. G, an ego-driven drama teacher with delusional showbiz dreams; and Ja’mie, a spoiled private school girl on a student exchange.”

Probably the most well-known of Chris Lilley’s several forays into mockumentary, this series really established one of his signature characters, Ja’mie. Lilley effectively skewers several fixtures of school life that I think any student can relate to, Australian or no: the overly self-important teacher; the snobby and superficial bully; the disruptive class clown. If you enjoy shows like The Office or Seinfeld where the characters aren’t exactly the most lovable people, but their awkward antics are hilarious, you will enjoy this show (though you will probably develop a soft spot for Jonah, Lilley’s troubled 13-year-old boy from Tonga).

 

Youth Novelsyouth novels
Lykke Li

This album is great for both dance hits as well as more soulful, introspective tracks. Li’s voice oscillates from light and fanciful to low and mournful. I like that most of the tracks are simply-arranged– there’s definitely something to be said for going for the understated sound rather than something overly-produced. My favorite tracks are “Little Bit,” “I’m Good, I’m Gone,” and “Breaking It Up.”

 

All summaries from http://catalog.ccls.org/.

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Two

It’s Week Two of SYNC’s YA audiobook giveaway!

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until May 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 YA audiobooks!

Feed
by M.T. Anderson
Read by David Aaron Baker and a full cast
Published by Listening Library

Summary: In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
Read by Stephen Fry
Published by Random House Audio

Summary:  Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years. Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel!

 

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, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 8, Kindle, Nook, and MP3 players).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

All summaries are from http://www.audiobooksync.com/ and http://catalog.ccls.org.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! To help spread awareness, I have put together a short list of movies and audiobooks which discuss or depict mental health in a variety of ways. Visit the official Mental Health Awareness Month website at, www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may, to get more information!

Movies

A Beautiful Mind – Dramatic biography of John Nash, a mathematical genius, who made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his schizophrenia, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize. Based on the novel of the same name by Sylvia Nasar.

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Today, more military members are lost to suicide than on the battlefield. After serving their country overseas, many veterans in their darkest moments turn to the unique services of the Veterans Crisis Line to help with traumas like post-traumatic stress, depression, homelessness and drug dependence. The 40-minute documentary is an intimate look at the vital work of several responders who provide life-saving intervention and desperately needed referrals through the 24-hour Veterans Crisis Line.

Girl, Interrupted – The fascinating true story of a young woman’s life-altering stay at a famous psychiatric hospital in the late 1960’s. Based on the novel of the same name by Susanna Kaysen.

Melancholia – In this beautifully filmed movie about the end of the world, Justine and Michael are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire, and brother-in-law John. A planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth and threatening to collide. Meanwhile, tensions are mounting and relationships are fraying as the family deals with their fears.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Tells the adventures of a free-spirited mental ward inmate whose rebelliousness pits him against the repressive head nurse, and whose charm wins him the loyalty of his fellow inmates. Based on the original novel by Ken Kesey.

Prozac Nation – Lizzie is a prize-winning student heading off to Harvard for her freshman year, where she intends to study journalism and launch a career as a rock music critic. However, Lizzie’s dysfunctional family situation includes an errant father and a neurotic, bitterly hypercritical mother who has led Lizzie to a struggle with depression. When her all-night, drug-fueled writing binges and emotional instability alienate her roommate and best friend, Ruby, as well as both her boyfriends, Lizzie seeks psychiatric counseling from Dr. Diana Sterling, who prescribes the wonder drug Prozac. Despite success as a writer and some mellowing out thanks to her medication, Lizzie begins to feel that the pills are running her life and faces some tough choices about her future. Based on the novel of the same name by Elizabeth Wurtzel.

Silver Linings PlaybookBased on the bestselling novel of the same name by Matthew Quick, the riotous and poignant story of how a man who has lost everything, his house, his job, his wife, reconnects with himself and creates his own silver linings from the bonds he forms with his family and friends.

 

Audiobooks

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school– both teetering on the edge– it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the “natural wonders” of the state of Indiana, and two teens’ desperate desire to heal and save one another.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – This extraordinary work–echoing Plath’s own experiences as a rising writer/editor in the early 1950s–chronicles the nervous breakdown of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful, but slowly going under, and maybe for the last time.

The Best Awful by Carrie Fisher – Reeling from her divorce with Leland, who left her for another man, Suzanne Vale isn’t sure that she’s the best mom for her young daughter, Honey. The 3-year-old has been a mainstay in Suzanne’s life, that and the prescription drugs she takes to control her bipolar disorder. When Suzanne goes off her medication, her life spins crazily out of control, she finds herself roaming the streets of Tijuana with Tony the tattoo artist on a quest for Oxycontin…

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan – Her medical record, from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory, showed psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-old. Susannah’s astonishing memoir chronicles the swift path of her illness and the lucky, last-minute intervention led by one of the few doctors capable of saving her life.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson – Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. The only friend he had killed himself, forcing him to face high school alone. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love, until a repressed secret from his past threatens to destroy his newfound happiness. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was made into a film, starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher – When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

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Road Trip Audiobooks for the Whole Family

It’s that time of year again when vacations are being planned and parents are preparing for long car trips. If you’re hoping to avoid the endless barrage of are-we-there-yets, check out this selection of audiobooks in our collection that are fun for the whole family to listen to in the car. Please note: some of the selections below may be better suited to older children.

winnieThe Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh
by A.A. Milne
Read by Stephen Fry, Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer, Jane Harrocks, Michael Williams, Finty Williams, Robert Daws, Steven Webb, Sandi Toksvig.

Summary: In this superb full-cast dramatization, Michael Williams and Judi Dench narrate 20 stories about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. The tales are divided into four segments: “Pooh Goes Visiting,” “Piglet Meets a Hefflalump,” “The House at Pooh Corner/Tiger Comes to the Forest,” and “Pooh Invents a New Game.” Stephen Fry voices Pooh and recites the many hums and rhymes to the accompaniment of piano tunes, which also separate the stories. Steven Webb is a perfect Christopher Robin. Jane Horrock’s rendition of Piglet captures his loyalty and friendship to one silly old bear. Geoffrey Palmer’s Eeyore is marvelously melancholy, while Robert Daws’s Rabbit is energetic, and Sandi Toksvig’s Tigger is pleasantly loud and irritating. Besides narrating, Williams is Owl, and Dench is Kanga to Finty Williams’s Roo. Perfectly nuanced sound effects include bird songs, bees humming, the crunch of feet in the snow, branches breaking, and more. Milne has written some of the loveliest prose and poetry in children’s literature, and this extraordinary recording makes it live again for today’s listeners.

A Wrinkle in Timea wrinkle in time
by Madeleine L’Engle
Read by Hope Davis

Summary: Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

 

 

lion witch wardrobe.jpgThe Chronicles of Narnia Series
by C.S. Lewis
Read by various narrators

Summary of Book 1, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe: Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie— step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweilerfrankweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg
Read by Jan Miner

Summary: When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn’t just want to run “from” somewhere, she wants to run “to” somewhere — to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along. Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn’t it? Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.

hitchhiker's guide to the galaxyThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
Read by Stephen Fry

Summary: Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel.

The Westing Gamewesting
by Ellen Raskin
Read by Jeff Woodman

Summary: Samuel G. Westing’s 16 heirs are elated to find that one of them stands to inherit a cool $200 million & shocked to learn that one of them is his murderer. Paired up & furnished with a set of clues, each scrambles to expose the murderer in order to claim the money.

 

 

peterPeter and the Starcatchers
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Read by Jim Dale

Summary: Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.

 

The Graveyard Bookgraveyard.jpg
by Neil Gaiman
Read by the author

Summary: Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

 

 

 

holesHoles
by Louis Sachar
Read by Kerry Beyer

Summary: As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a sense of himself.

The Hunger Games Serieshunger games
by Suzanne Collins
Read by various narrators

Summary of Book 1, The Hunger Games: In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.

leviathanLeviathan
by Scott Westerfeld
Read by Alan Cumming

Summary: In the first installment of Scott Westerfeld’s alternative history Leviathan trilogy, the year is 1914 and the world is embroiled in a global war. However, this war is fought by giant airships and monstrous, walking death machines.

 

 

Brown Girl Dreamingbrown girl
by Jacqueline Woodson
Read by the author

Summary: Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

All summaries from catalog.ccls.org.

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