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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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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 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.

Download this week’s pairing of free YA audiobooks!

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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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 OverDrive website!

Our eBook and eAudiobook website has changed.  The website address is now chester.overdrive.com.  It is now simpler and faster!

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Click here for more information about the new website!

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Jamie’s Staff Picks for October

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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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Free YA Audiobooks Week Fifteen

It’s Week Fifteen, the final week of SYNC’s YA audiobook giveaway!

SYNC is providing two YA audiobook downloads per week until August 17th. The current titles are available until August 18th, 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!

Bone Gap
By Laura Ruby
Read by Dan Bittner
Published by HarperAudio

Summary: Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps–gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years ago, their mother hightailed it to Oregon for a brand-new guy, a brand-new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame? Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turn up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

 

Classic American Short Stories
By O. Henry, Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, and James Fenimore Cooper
Read by William Roberts, Garrick Hagon, Liza Ross
Published by Naxos Audiobooks

Summary: A special bundle just for SYNC listeners. Represented here are 16 short stories by seven great American writers, dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Different in atmosphere and writing style, they nevertheless caught the mood and concerns of the day in a way that was distinctly American. Kate Chopin’s Regret is a reflective moment in the life of a woman without children, forced to look after children; Bierce’s An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridgeleaves echoes in the imagination; the stories by Crane and London recall the themes of the Civil War and the Klondike for which they are well known. Twain’s humor is to the fore inThe Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and O. Henry’s sharp observation makes his neat tales a joy to listen to. There is even an elegiac description of an eclipse by James Fenimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans.

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 7).
Visit our OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

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

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