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Fold Paper, Listen to Audiobooks, You Will

Today is Star Wars Day! So, grab a Star Wars themed book. We’ve got a bunch. The Shakespeare 20160504_092700editions. 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 yeaSYNCHEAD-150x150r 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.


Free Audiobooks of the Week

SYNCHEAD-150x150Don’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. I’m just going with the description from Sync: “The first in a rousing, funny, genre-busting trilogy from bestseller Jaclyn Moriarty! This is a tale of missing persons. Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life, under mysterious circumstances, and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge (in our world). Elliot, on the other hand, is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle was found dead. The talk in the town of Bonfire (in the Kingdom of Cello) is that Elliot’s dad may have killed his brother and run away with the Physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth. As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they begin to exchange messages across worlds — through an accidental gap that hasn’t appeared in centuries. But even greater mysteries are unfolding on both sides of the gap: dangerous weather phenomena called “color storms;” a strange fascination with Isaac Newton; the myth of the “Butterfly Child,” whose appearance could end the droughts of Cello; and some unexpected kisses…  ”

Sounds interesting.

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!)

Free Audiobooks

SYNCHEAD-150x150Don’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.

Free Audiobook Thursday!

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 weekGreat Expectations‘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.)

Greadodgert 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.



SYNCHEAD-150x150Sync 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.