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Free YA Audiobooks Week Nine

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

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until June 28th, 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!

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories
by Terry Pratchett
Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt
Published by Harper Audio

Summary:  Do you believe in magic? Can you imagine a war between wizards? An exciting journey in an airship or down in a submarine? Would you like to meet the fastest truncheon in the Wild West?

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner is the second fabulously funny short-story collection from the late acclaimed storyteller Terry Pratchett. A follow-up to Dragons at Crumbling Castle, this second batch of storytelling gems features stories written when Sir Terry was just seventeen years old and working as a junior reporter. In these pages, new Pratchett fans will find wonder, mayhem, sorcery, and delight—and loyal readers will recognize the seeds of ideas that went on to influence his most beloved tales later in life.

 

The Witches: Salem, 1692
by Stacy Schiff
Read by Eliza Foss
Published by Hachette Audio

Summary: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra analyzes the Salem Witch Trials to offer key insights into the role of women in its events while explaining how its tragedies became possible.

 

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 the Overdrive or Libby 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 apps or software.

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

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New Releases 6/20

Movies
Get Out
Life
Everybody Loves Somebody
Wilson

Music
Melodrama by Lorde
True to Self by Bryson Tiller
Fake Sugar by Beth Ditto
Chuck by Chuck Berry
The Nashville Sound by The 400 Unit & Jason Isbell
Tomorrow Forever by Matthew Sweet
How Did We Get So Dark? by Royal Blood
The Mission by Styx
Fingerprints by Eli Young Band
Woodstock by Portugal. the Man
More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse by Moby & The Void Pacific Choir
Ready to Get ‘Rowdy’ by Gretchen Wilson
You Should Be Happy by The Goo Goo Dolls

Audiobooks
The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani

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Build a Better World — Summer Reading

Summer Reading has officially begun! You can find more information on how to sign up and collect your raffle tickets on chescolibraries.org. This year we’re playing bingo. On the Bingo Card, there are are various genres and activities to complete until the end of summer. Download the Bingo Card!

I put together a list of recommendations based on some of the bingo squares!

#1 Read an Award Winning Book
The Sellout by Paul Beatty (won the Man Booker Prize in 2016)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2016 & the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates (won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2015)

#2 Read a Book Considered a Classic

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

1984 by George Orwell

#3 Read a Book You Can Finish in a Day

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (the audiobook is 5 discs and roughly 5 hours long; the book is 192 pages long)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (the audiobook is 5 discs and roughly 6 hours long; the book is 180 pages long)

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (the audiobook is 4 discs and roughly 4 hours long; the book is 224 pages long)

#5 Watch a Movie Based on a Book

Lion (based on the memoir A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley)

The Martian (based on the novel The Martian by Andy Weir)

Hidden Figures (based on the memoir Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly)

#6 Read a Book Suggested by a Librarian
Check out our Staff Recommendations here and here to find a book (or audiobook) recommended by a librarian!

#7 Read or Listen to an e-Book or e-Audiobook using OverDrive
Find more information about how to access OverDrive here or visit chester.overdrive.com!

#9 Read a Memoir, Biography, or Autobiography

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

#13 Read a Young Adult Book

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

#20 Read a Book Published in the Last Year

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Read a Magazine on Flipster
Access Flipster on your computer or device!

Visit a Museum or Public Garden
You can borrow FREE admission tickets to various museums, zoos, and gardens in the local area through the Museum Pass Program at Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch Library. Check out what museums you can visit!

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Meet Libby – A New App for eBooks and Audiobooks

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We are excited to announce that OverDrive has released a new and improved app for ebook and audiobook lending called Libby. Libby simplifies the setup and lending process for ebooks and audiobooks, and was designed based on user and library feedback. Libby is available now for download in all app stores.

If you prefer to use the OverDrive app, it will continue to be fully functioning for the foreseeable future. We recommend that you download Libby and give “her” a try, though! The staff here at CCL has found Libby to be extremely easy to set up and use. Let us know what you think!

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Eight

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

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until June 21st, 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!

The Red Umbrella
by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Read by Kyla Garcia
Published by Ideal Audiobooks

Summary: In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been.

 

The Souls of Black Folk
by W.E.B. Du Bois
Read by Rodney Gardiner
Published by Dreamscape Media

Summary: A cornerstone of African-American literary history, The Souls of Black Folk is a classic work by W. E. B. Du Bois. Originally published in 1903, it contains many essays on race and equality, but is also a piece of seminal history as laying the groundwork for the field of sociology. Some of the essays in the novel were even previously published by the Atlantic Monthly magazine. When writing, Du Bois drew from his personal experiences as an African-American in America to highlight the issues of prejudice that were still going on into the 20th century.

 

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 6/13

Movies
John Wick: Chapter 2
The Lego Batman Movie
Table 19
Un Padre No Tan Padre
Growing Up Smith
Mine
Bitter Harvest
Suntan
3 Generations
Frantz
Tomcat
American Epic
Great Escapes

T.V. Series
The Vampire Diaries, Season 8
Bones, Season 12
Shooter, Season 1
Grimm, Season 6
South Park, Season 20

Music
Feed the Machine by Nickleback
Heart/Break by Lady Antebellum
Wolves by Rise Against 
Ti Amo by Phoenix
Wonder by Hillsong United
Witness by Katy Perry
You & I by ALA.NI
You Don’t Own Me Anymore by The Secret Sisters
Binary by Ani Difranco
Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie by Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie
Folk Songs by The Kronos Quartet
Adios by Glen Campbell
Revolution Come — Revolution Go by Gov’t Mule
Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 10
Cinco by Jim Gaffigan

Audiobooks
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
Matchup by Lee Child
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Seven

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

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until June 14th, 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!

Plus One
by Elizabeth Fama
Read by Julia Whelan
Published by Elizabeth Fama

Summary: In an alternate United States where Day and Night populations are forced to lead separate–but not equal–lives, a desperate Night girl falls for a seemingly privileged Day boy and places them both in danger as she gets caught up in the beginnings of a resistance movement.

 

If I Run
by Terri Blackstock
Read by Nan Gurley
Published by Zondervan

Summary: Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore. But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run? Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

 

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 6/6

Movies
Fifty Shades Darker
A Cure for Wellness
The Last Word
A United Kingdom
The Sense of an Ending
Beauty and the Beast
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
Heartland
The Ticket
Land of Mine
The First Great Escape
The Guys Next Door
Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric

T.V. Series
Wentworth, Season 3
The Young Pope
Kingdom, Seasons 1 & 2
Van Helsing, Season 1
Doctor Who, Series 10 Part 1

Music
Relaxer by Alt-J
Hopeless Fountain Kingdom by Halsey
Dua Lipa by Dua Lipa
I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone by Chastity Belt
Last Young Renegade by All Time Low
Life is Good by Flogging Molly
Gone Now by Bleachers
Is This the Life We Really Want? by Roger Waters

Audiobooks
Love Story by Karen Kingsbury
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

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June is LGBT Pride Month

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month! I have put together a short list of movies, T.V. series, and audiobooks featuring LGBTQ+ characters, themes, or topics. Check out the XYZ Connect webpage to see what events we have planned in celebration of Pride Month!

Movies
Moonlight– A young black man struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Blue is the Warmest ColorThe colorful, electrifying romance that took the Cannes Film Festival by storm courageously dives into a young woman’s experiences of first love and sexual awakening. Blue is the Warmest Color is loosely based off of the comic by Julie Maroh.

Carol Two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. Carol is based off of The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.

All About My MotherA woman must come to terms with the death of her 17-year-old son and her past when she seeks out her son’s father.

The Danish GirlThe remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. The Danish Girl is based off of the novel by David Ebershoff.

The Way He LooksA fun and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love.

T.V. Series
Orange is the New BlackBrooklynite Piper Chapman, whose wild past comes back to haunt her and results in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. Orange is the New Black is based off of the novel by Piper Kerman.

GleeA talented group of high school misfits transforms into a performing sensation with the help of a dedicated teacher. 

Will & GraceWill and Grace live together in an apartment in New York. Will is a gay lawyer, Grace is a straight interior designer, and every day is full of laughs.

FriendsThree young men and three young women – of the BFF kind – live in the same apartment complex and face life and love in New York. While Susan and Carol are the only known LGBT characters on Friends, there are implications throughout the entire series that Joey and Phoebe are bisexual.

The L WordA group of lesbian and bisexual women experience life in Los Angeles.

Audiobooks
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz- Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli– Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker- As a young, black woman living in 1930s Georgia, Celie faces constant violence and oppression. The Color Purple was made into a movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan– When Paul falls hard for Noah, he thinks he has found his one true love, but when Noah walks out of his life, Paul has to find a way to get him back and make everything right once more. David Levithan has written many YA books featuring LGBTQ+ characters and themes, including the novel Two Boys Kissing.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray– When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

 

All images and summaries taken from catalog.ccls.org.

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Free YA Audiobooks Week Six

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

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 16th. The current titles are available until June 7th, 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!

Beast
by Donna Jo Napoli
Read by Robert Ramirez
Published by Recorded Books

Summary: Elaborates on the tale of “Beauty and the Beast,” told from the point of view of the beast and set in Persia.

 

Of Beast and Beauty
by Stacey Jay
Read by Julia Whelan
Published by Tantor Media

Summary: When nineteen-year-old Gem of the Desert People, called Monstrous by the Smooth Skins, becomes the prisoner of the seventeen-year-old Smooth Skin queen, Isra, age-old prejudices begins to fall aside as the two begin to understand each other.

 

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://catalog.ccls.org.

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