Virtual Book Club
If you have been considering joining us for book club, now is a great time! We have a new day and time for our meetings. We are moving from Fridays to Mondays and the time will be 9:30 - 10:30 am. Our next meeting will take place on Monday, August 17th, 2020. If you'd like to attend, please use this link to register.
Our current book selection is "Searching for Caleb" by Anne Tyler, who is known for her Baltimore-based stories that focus on families and their interactions. The movie "The Accidental Tourist" is based on one of her novels. For the 17th, we will be reading to the end of chapter 5.
Big Library Read
Are you an ebook enthusiast? Join Overdrive for the Big Library Read from August 3-17th, 2020. The current book selection is The Darwin Affair by Timothy Mason. Set in 1860's Victorian England, this historical thriller combines the intrigue of a murder conspiracy on the Queen with the groundbreaking work by Charles Darwin, "On the Origin of the Species" into one exciting tale.
To read the book, use your Libby or Overdrive app. No waiting for checkouts! During this period, there are unlimited copies. You can also follow and comment with other readers on the Overdrive blog. For more info on this title and other Overdrive offerings, please see their Big Library Read page.
Where to Find Free Ebooks and Audio Books Online
- Audible is offering a collection of books in audio format for free. These are primarily children’s books. This is a great resource and may only be offered for a limited time.
- AudioBookCloud offers a variety of titles for students and adults all in audio book format. This collection is free through August 31, 2020.
- The Internet Archive is a large repository of books, audio, video, websites and software. Access is free once you create an account. There is much to discover here and multiple ways to access the information.
- Lit2Go is part of an educational resource clearinghouse based in Florida. This limited collection of ebooks and audio books includes many classics.
- Overdrive can be accessed via the Libby app or directly through their web site. You will need your library card and PIN to check out books.
- Project Gutenberg offers access to over 60,000 titles with a focus on books that are now out of copyright.
- RBDigital is a content provider that offers magazines, ebooks and audiobooks. To access the service, you need to create an account which will ask for your library card number. After that, you will login with the username and password you create.
- The Screen Actors Guild has a small number of videos of celebrities reading children’s books for the project Storyline Online. Listen to Betty White, Oprah, Rami Malek and others as they read a variety of children’s books.
- TeenBookCloud is available for free through August 31, 2020. Read classics like the Hardy Boys or dive in to modern graphic novels. There is something for everyone in this collection.
Not Sure What to Read Next?
- Booklist is a publication of the American Library Association. ALA has made this journal freely available. Booklist has long been a trusted source for librarians purchasing books. Read reviews, peruse lists of recommended titles and see what the hottest trends in publishing are.
- Goodreads is a popular social site where people comment on books they have read and rate them. If you’re on the fence about reading a title, check out what people have to say on the Goodreads forums. You will need a free account to participate.
- Novelist is a product from Ebsco that will help you find your next favorite book. You will need your library card number to login. From there, you can browse titles by author, genre, target age and more.