Friday, June 24, 2011

Get Digital Library Titles on Your Windows Phone!

Great news for library users with Windows phones: Overdrive is now offering an app in the Windows Phone Marketplace! This means you can access and download titles from our digital library – anytime, anywhere. Both eBooks and audiobooks are supported!

Don’t have a Windows phone? Overdrive already offers support for all major mobile operating systems. Check out their list here.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Memorable Fathers in Literature

Father’s Day is this Sunday. Below are a few books featuring great dads to help you get in the celebratory mood.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is perhaps the definitive example of a heroic father figure. His willingness to fight a losing battle in order to stick to his principles makes him unforgettable not only as a father, but as a character in general.

Find it at your library!

Man and Boy by Tony Parsons

The novel Man and Boy features the character Harry Silver, who must learn to care for his son when his wife leaves them. While Harry is far from a perfect father in the beginning, he successfully matures as a parent, as well as a person. Parsons’ writing is simultaneously witty and sentimental, making it a great weekend read.

Find it at your library!

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road is not necessarily a useful novel to put you in a celebratory mood, but it does feature an undeniably dedicated dad. Simply referred to as “the father”, the character in McCarthy’s grim, post-apocalyptic work proves that he will do anything to keep his son alive.

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Share your favorite literary dads in the comments!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Listen Up: It’s National Audiobook Month!

Spend the month of June celebrating National Audiobook Month with the library. Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time while driving – whether it’s for your regular commute or that long summer trip.

Look for audiobooks in your local branch via our catalog. (Tip: To search for audiobooks, do a “Power Search” for Type: BOOKONCD.)

You can also download from a great selection in our digital library!

Feel free to share your favorite audiobooks in the comments! (I’m partial to memoirs read by the actual authors.)