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Libby is up and running!

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Just a reminder that OverDrive’s new e-reading app, Libby, is available for download in all app stores! We recommend that you give Libby a try — we’ve found it to be really easy to use.

If you have any questions about Libby or OverDrive, you can contact us at the Multimedia desk by either phone or email.

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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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Remembering Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, sadly passed away on December 27th. If you’re looking to reflect back on Carrie Fisher’s talent and work, here are some titles you can check out from the library.

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The Blues Brothers

The ‘Burbs

Fanboys

Hannah and Her Sisters

Maps to the Stars episode-v

Sorority Row

Star Wars: Episode IV

Star Wars: Episode V

Star Wars: Episode VI

Star Wars: Episode VII* wishful-dirnking
(We offer Star Wars Episodes IV-VII as a Binge Box)

When Harry Met Sally

Wishful Drinking

The Women

Books and Audiobooks princess-diarist
The Best Awful by Carrie Fisher (as a book or an audiobook)

Delusions of Grandma by Carrie Fisher (as a book)

Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher (as a book or a movie adaptation)

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (as a book or an audiobook or an e-book)

Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher (as a book) best-awful

Surrender the Pink by Carrie Fisher (as a book)

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (as a book or an audiobook)

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Jamie’s Staff Picks for October

Station Elevenstation-eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel

“One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production. Jeevan Chaudhary, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside as life disintegrates outside.”

The initial scene in this book, described above, will draw you in; but you will stay because the world is irrevocably changed immediately afterward. It was fascinating to me to imagine what the world would be like if 99% of the population basically vanished in the space of a few weeks. As the book goes on, you learn how the characters survived (0r didn’t), and what happened to them in the time leading up to and immediately after the “Georgia Flu” spread. I liked the way this book emphasized two things: the way that seemingly personal decisions can affect so many over time, and the way art and culture still play such a significant role in a world that is ruled by survival.

Also available as an eBook and eAudiobook on Overdrive.

Gilmore Girlsgilmore-girls

“Lorelai and Rory are a mother and daughter who are sharing life’s ups and downs in a small town in Connecticut. This heartfelt, humorous drama appeals to young and old alike with it’s blend of traditional family issues and hip attitude.”

I had to pick this television series this month because my excitement over the reboot coming out on Netflix in November is only increasing every day. I very much hope that it lives up to the magnificence of the original series — but I think with Amy Sherman-Palladino back at the helm, it has a good chance. Anyway, if you haven’t seen the original seven seasons, now is your chance! If you like family-centered dramas with snappy dialogue a la The West Wing and lovable (but flawed) characters, try it out. I firmly believe that it is possible for almost anyone to be sucked into this show at least a little bit.

All summaries are from catalog.ccls.org.

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The Man Booker Prize

Recently, the shortlist of fiction titles for the Man Booker Prize was announced for 2016. Here are some titles from this year’s shortlist and previous years’ shortlists that we have available either on CD, as eBooks, or eAudiobooks.

2016 Shortlist

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh – Available as an eBookeileen

Summary: “Dreaming of life in the city while caring for her alcoholic father and working in a 1960s boys’ prison, a disturbed young woman is manipulated into committing a psychologically charged crime during the holiday season.”

 

2015 Shortlist

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – Available as a book on CD, an MP3-CD or eBooka-little-life

Summary: “When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he₂ll not only be unable to overcome, but that will define his life forever.”

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler – Available as a book on CD, eBook, or eAudiobooka-spool-of-blue-thread

Summary: “‘It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon.’ This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The whole family–their two daughters and two sons, their grandchildren, even their faithful old dog–is on the porch, listening contentedly as Abby tells the tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different too: Abby and Red are growing older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them, and the fate of the house so lovingly built by Red’s father. Brimming with the luminous insight, humor, and compassion that are Anne Tyler’s hallmarks, this capacious novel takes us across three generations of the Whitshanks, their shared stories and long-held secrets, all the unguarded and richly lived moments that combine to define who and what they are as a family.”

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota – Available as an eBookthe-year-of-the-runaways

Summary: “The lives of three young men, and one unforgettable woman, intertwine over the course of one year after they immigrate from India to Sheffield, England.”

 

 

2014 Shortlist

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris – Available as a book on CD or eBook. to-rise-again-at-a-decent-hour

Summary: “Paul O’Rourke is a Manhattan dentist with a thriving practice leading a quiet, routine-driven life. Then one day someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. His biggest fear is that the online ‘Paul’ might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul’s quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future.”

How to Be Both by Ali Smith – Available as an eBookhow-to-be-both

Summary: “The brilliant Booker-nominated novel from one of our finest authors: How to Be Both is a daring, inventive tale that intertwines the stories of a defiant Renaissance painter and a modern teenage girl. How can one be both–near and far, past and present, male and female? In Ali Smith’s new novel, two extraordinary characters inhabit the spaces between categories. In one half of the book, we follow the story of Francescho del Cossa, a Renaissance painter in fifteenth-century Italy who assumes a duel identity, living as both a man and a woman. In the novel’s other half, George, a contemporary English teenage girl, is in mourning after the death of her brilliant, rebellious mother. As she struggles to fill the void in her life, George finds her thoughts circling again and again around a whimsical trip she and her mother once made to Italy, to see a certain Renaissance fresco … These two stories call out to each other in surprising and deeply resonant ways to form a veritable literary double-take, bending the conventions of genre, storytelling, and our own preconceptions.”

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan – Available as a book on CD, an MP3-CDeBook or an eAudiobookthe-narrow-road-to-the-deep-north

Summary: “A novel of love and war that traces the life of one man–an Australian surgeon–from a prisoner-of-war camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway during World War II, up to the present.”

 

 

by Howard Jacobson – Available as an eBookj

Summary: “A profound, darkly comedic parable set in a future where collective memory has vanished following a historic catastrophe, and one young couple’s love affair could have shattering consequences for the human race. In a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying. After the devastation of WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED, all that should remain is peace and prosperity. Everyone knows his or her place; all actions are out in the open. But Esme Nussbaum has seen the distorted realities, the fissures that have only widened in the twenty-plus years since she was forced to resign from her position at the monitor of the Public Mood. Now, Esme finds something strange and special developing in a romance between Ailinn Solomons and Kevern Cohen. As this unusual pair’s actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme realizes she must do everything in her power to keep them together–whatever the cost. With a sense of the dramatic sweep of Michael Ondaatje and the dystopian, literary sensibility of Margaret Atwood, Howard Jacobson’s J is an astonishing feat of fiction. In this exquisitely written, beautifully playful and imaginative, and terribly heart-breaking work, Jacobson gathers his prodigious gifts for the crowning achievement of a remarkable career.”

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler – Available as an MP3-CDeBook or eAudiobookwe-are-all-completely-beside-ourselves

Summary: “Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.”

 

 

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

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Jamie’s Staff Picks for September

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms knight of the seven kingdoms
By George R.R. Martin

“Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, this audiobook compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.”

While waiting for The Winds of Winter to come out, I decided to start reading Martin’s prequels to the Song of Ice and Fire series. These three novellas feature the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall (whom you may have heard name-dropped now and again as a legendary knight of the Kingsguard if you read the books, but at the beginning he was a humble hedge knight) and his squire, Egg. Game of Thrones super fans may already realize Egg’s secret identity… but I won’t give it away! While my hope in reading the books was to get some background knowledge to the secrets and intrigues of the main series, I can’t say that so far I’ve discovered anything like that. However, the novellas are entertaining and easy to read, and since Martin plans to write more, perhaps the later novellas will set up Westeros as we know it in the main series. So, if you’re looking for something to tide you over between seasons of the TV series and during the interminable wait for the next book, I would recommend checking this out!

(P.S. We also have this available as a playaway, eAudiobook, and eBook.)

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“While fleeing from the cops, small time hood Harry Lockhart stumbles into an acting audition. He does so well he gets to go to Hollywood. While there, Harry pursues a girl he loved in high school and ends up getting caught up in twisted murder mystery. His only chance of getting out alive is a private detective named Gay Perry, who also works as a consultant for movies.”

A long time ago, I read An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England. One of the central themes of that book is that the main character is a “bumbler,” who just bumbles his way through life– almost nothing happens as he plans and he generally stumbles from one accident to the next. The main character of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Harry Lockhart (played by Robert Downey Jr.), is most definitely a bumbler. The story is entirely driven by the fact that Harry, while robbing a toy store with his friend, is chased by the cops and finds refuge in what turns out to be an audition for an upcoming movie. He is overcome with emotion because his friend was shot, which the directors take as method acting, and before you know it he’s in LA at a party for Hollywood bigwigs. He is paired with Perry, played by Val Kilmer, who is a private eye/movie consultant, to prepare him for his role. Thus begins a series of bumbles where these two find themselves wrapped up in a murder mystery/missing persons case. The comedy in this is very dark but very funny, and Downey/Kilmer are a hilarious pair. Shane Black wrote and directed this movie, and it is similar in style to his recent release The Nice Guys (which I also very much enjoyed).

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

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Jamie’s Staff Picks for May

These are my picks for May:

Suffragettesuffragette

“Inspired by true events, a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of the women who risked everything in their fight for equality in early 20th century Britain. The story centers on Maud, a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst, Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life.”

This film was an important watch for me. The sacrifices and trauma that these women endured to further the cause for the vote was eye-opening: truthfully, I think my main point of reference for a suffragette prior to this was the wealthy and cheery Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins. The reality, according to this film, was vastly different. Women were grossly mistreated in their work and family lives. They lost jobs, husbands, children, security. For the main character, Maud, her initial reluctance to join the movement morphs into an urgent need as time goes on and she has no other recourse than to fight. This film certainly made me appreciate those sacrifices.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?where'd you go bernadette

“Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears.”

To be honest, at first I didn’t think that I would like this book. The characters, seemingly petty Seattle socialites, were hard to root for in the beginning (with the exception of the narrator, Bee, who is a child and thus uncorrupted). I stuck it out, mostly due to the fact that I was on an airplane with little other choice. And I’m so glad that I did! As the story reveals itself, you learn more about the motivations and struggles of everyone involved and what makes them behave the way that they do. The book is also written almost entirely via correspondence (letters, notes, emails, articles, etc.), which contributes to its mysterious air and allows you to slowly unravel the real truth in everyone’s actions. It becomes clear that in these notes, people are attempting to portray their lives as they want to be seen rather than how things really are. I think this book’s most important takeaway is to be kind in our judgments of our neighbors and even family members, since you never know what is going on behind-the-scenes.

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

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One-on-One eMedia Tutoring

Want to learn how to get free library eBooks on your e-reader?  Then sign-up for a one-on-one tutoring session!
Each session is half an hour and the tutor will show you how to check-out and get an ebook onto your Nook, Kindle, iPad, or other compatible device. 

Registration is required.  Times are limited to tutor availability.  Call 610-280-2640 or stop by the Multimedia desk to register.

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E-Audiobooks and E-books That Might Be on Your Summer Reading List

Did you know that the Chester County Library System recently purchased some new e-audiobooks and e-books that might be on your student’s summer reading list? If you do not see the book you are looking for below, don’t hesitate to contact your local library.

Also please call your local library for assistance downloading e-books if you are experiencing any difficulties.

Possible School Reading List Books Available on E-Audiobook:
Paper Towns by John Green
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Outliers: The Secret to Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
Drakula by Bram Stoker
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Into the Wild by John Krakauer
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Possible School Reading List Books Available on E-Book:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Outliers: The Secret to Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
Drakula by Bram Stoker
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The Freedom Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Feed by M.T. Anderson
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

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