Today is Star Wars Day! So, grab a Star Wars themed book. We’ve got a bunch. The Shakespeare editions. Novels of the movies. Jedi Academy. But I do love the Origami Yoda series (as evidenced by the poster in front of the circulation desk).
Want to make your own origami figures for Star Wars day? Then grab Art2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling. Learn to draw speedy versions of your favorite Star Wars characters (pre-The Force Awakens). Or make your own origami cast (although you may need the novels to get origami instructions for all the characters). If you make any, be sure to stop by and show us!
Another exciting thing about today…it’s Sync ’16 Eve! Sync is the program that offers free audiobook download all summer long. Two books each week based on a theme. Each year they add more titles and start the program earlier. This year…it starts tomorrow. The first two books are The Great Tennessee Monkey Trail and Vivian Apple at the End of the World. Each Thursday two new books will go up on the site. Once downloaded, they’re yours to keep. So take advantage. There are some ah-maze-ing books this summer. You can see the whole list here. Or grab a flyer from the library or at Mrs. Neft’s desk.
In honor of today’s student council inductions.I Am a Genuis of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
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If you’ve seen Mr. Cohen in his red puffy vest today, you know what’s special about today. If you haven’t seen him, and you’ve had no contact with social media…today is the day Marty McFly went “back to the future.”
So, in honor of Marty and Doc, and Jaws 19 I thought I’d pull a little literary tie travel for today’s book.
I just finally got around to reading Around the World in 80 Days this summer, when I needed a book over 100 years old for my Summer Reading Bingo (and it was a free audio download from Sync). This is the ultimate bar bet story. While out one night with some acquaintances, Mr. Phileas Fogg declares that given the state of travel, one could circumnavigate the globe in a mere 80 days. Now, Mr. Fogg is rather set in his ways and his trip does not take actually visiting places into account. He’s going to go from trail to steamer, to train, without bothering to see the sights. The men wager twenty thousand pounds (remember, this was written in 1873, so that’s a lot of money). Mr. Fogg sets off that night, confident in his calculations.
The trip starts out just fine, but it wouldn’t be a book that’s lasted 142 years if Mr. Fogg didn’t encounter some difficulties: bad weather, a woman in distress, cultural misunderstandings, and a cop who is convinced Fogg fled London after robbing a bank.
And believe it or not, there is an element of time travel in the story…but if you want to know what that is, you’ll have to read it for yourself. I have a copy in the library. Or, if you like to read electronically, you can download a copy from Project Gutenberg.
Don’t forget to check out the Sync audiobooks this week!
The contemporary book is completely new to me. I’m not familiar with the book or the author. It’s A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty.
The classic book is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, if not the original vampire tale, perhaps the most well known. If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend it. It kind of puts all other vampire stories in perspective, especially if they are going to play with the mythology. If you watch the TV series The Strain, this can be a particularly good companion to it because Guillermo del Toro really uses Stoker’s mythology as the basis for creating his own, new mythology for vampires. In fact, I first read Dracula right before I read The Strain so that I could have some good vampire context.
(Oh, and hey, if you’re playing Bingo, Dracula would be a great choice for a book that’s over 100 years old!)
Don’t forget to download this week’s free audiobooks: The Ring and the Crown by Melissa De La Cruz and Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan.
I’m not familiar with either story, but I have read things by both writers and they are fantastic!
Both books will be available until next Wednesday.
I’m a little more clam this week, not shouting. But it’s still cool and fun. And especially because I LOVE one of this week’s books.
Orphans and Charles Dickens are the themes that tie this week‘s books together. The classic book is Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. There’s a lot of cultural knowledge in this one. Being able to understand references to Pip and Miss Havisham make this worth reading. Some people even think it’s a good story. (I, however, am not one of those people…I’m still a little ticked off at Mrs. Suppa for making me waste precious summer hours reading this in 9th grade.)
Great Expectations is paired with Terry Pratchett’s very funny novel Dodger, in which Pratchett imagines Charles Dickens meeting the inspiration for his character The Artful Dodger. I love this book and have listened to the audio and it is incredibly well done.
Both books can be downloaded until next Wednesday at Sync.
YES, I KNOW I’M YELLING, BUT I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!!
Sync has started their summer audiobook program *really* early this year. For those of you who haven’t heard of this before, every Thursday, from today through August 13th, the fantastic folks over at Sync will make two audiobooks available for download. Typically one is a contemporary YA book and the other is a classic book that fits thematically. Each set of books is available for download for only one week, so from Thursday to Wednesday (but once you download them, the books are yours to keep).
The first set of books is up and available today through May 13th. The contemporary book is Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The classic book is Daphne duMaurier’s Rebecca, which is one of my all time favorites.
For the full list of books that are available this year, pickup a flyer from in front of Mrs. Neft’s desk or go to Sync’s list. You can listen to excerpts from each book here. On the website you can also sign up for text or email alerts to remind you to download each week’s book. You can also “like” them on Facebook.
To download the books, you’ll need the Overdrive app (desktop, phone, tablet apps area all available here). You’ll also need to enter your name and email address for each title you download. I’ve been downloading books through this program for 4 years now and I don’t get junk mail from it.