The library is delighted to announce that we now have audiobooks that you can check out!
Our collection, offering a range of choices for listeners age 11-18 and beyond, is with the ebooks in Overdrive. If you want to see which of our audiobooks are recommended for someone your age, check out our Pinterest board.
If you are not an audiobook devotee already, you might be wondering what there is to get excited about. Click on a cover below to take a listen to some samples from our collection and find out:
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (Gr. 8+) Full Cast Reading
The Night Circus (Adult for young adult) Reader: Jim Dale
The Graveyard Book (Gr 5-8) Readers: Tim Dann and Neil Gaiman
Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy (Gr. 6+) Reader: Katherine Kellgren
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Gr. 9+) Reader: Lin-Manuel Miranda
How It Went Down (Gr 9+) Full Cast Reading
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Gr 7+) Reader: Ray Porter
So check out some audiobooks today, an tell us how you enjoy experiencing books in a whole new way!
We know you love Smile, and El Deafo. We know you’ve probably read Persepolis already (and if you haven’t, get on that!), and that you might be staring at the graphic novel section, wondering how you’ll possibly find the memoir comics among all the superheroes and anthropomorphized mice. But never fear my intrepid readers! Your friendly librarian is here to assist you!
Here are four recommendations for graphic memoirs.
Prison Island by Colleen Frakes
Colleen grew up on MacNeil Island, the last operating prison island in the United States. Off the coast of Washington, the island is accessible only by land or sea. In this book, she tells the story of a life where pizza deliveries are met at the ferry, pool toys have to be locked up so inmates can’t escape on them, and being an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances.
Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
In unflinching honesty and beautiful watercolor illustrations, Maggie Thrash tells the story of her fifteen year old self’s first love with an older teen girl at Camp Bellflower in Kentucky, and the support and prejudices she encountered.
Tomboy by Liz Prince
Liz doesn’t do pink, tutus, or other “girl stuff.” She hates the way girls are supposed to act. But she’s not one of the boys either. Follow her journey of discovering where she fits, and if there’s more than one way to be a girl in this memoir.
Dare to Disappoint: Growing up in Turkey by Özge Samanci
Özge’s family expects her to grow up and be an engineer like her sister, but she is drawn to the sea and a more interesting and chaotic life. Set against a backdrop of militaristic, secular, and religious conflict in Turkey, Özge tells her struggle to find a version of herself that everyone can be happy with.
If none of those appeal to you, or if you just want more, all you have to do is go the the catalog, put autobiographical comics into the search box and hit the button that says Subject. Then you’ll see all the graphic memoirs we have!
Last year your librarians spent some time choosing new magazines and periodicals for your perusal. We’ve got some excellent ones now, like Lapham’s Quarterly and Creative Nonfiction, and another one I enjoy is The Believer. How can you not enjoy a magazine that explains its contents as “journalism and essays that are frequently very long, book reviews that are not necessarily timely, and interviews that are intimate, frank, and also very long”?
The Believerfeatures regular columns by Nick Hornby, and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), articles on subjects such as post-Mao fashion in China, HIV prevention in Tijuana, and having afternoon tea with the high priest of the Church of Satan. Among my favorite regular features is the column A Series of Essential Advice, which most recently featured “How to Field Dress a Deer” and “How to Send Things to Germany.”
So if you are in the mood for some fascinating in-depth interviews or book reviews, or simply have a package that needs to go to Germany, come check out The Believer!
History lovers ahoy! Back in 2014 the U.S. Census website started doing something awesome. Each month on their homepage they take a significant event or person and do a fascinating write-up about it using Census data.
Topics they’ve covered include:
Barnum and Bailey Circus poster from the Library of Congress
This Sunday marks the anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers in New York in 2001. Of course, most of our students are too young to really remember the attack, so if you’re curious about what living through that day and the aftermath was like, here are four books that give a good window into the time.
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Deja doesn’t understand why what happened to the Twin Towers matters, or why her dad gets so angry whenever anyone brings it up. It happened before she was even born. But as she begins to research what happened on September 11th, she realizes how much it still effects her world.
Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu
Emma feels caught between her mother’s America and her father’s Japan, not quite belonging in either. As she spends her summer in Japan, waiting for her baby sister to be born, circumstances conspire to extend her family’s stay until September–when the Towers fall and she watches from the other side of the world.
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
16 year old Jesse is still reeling from her brother’s death during the 9/11 attacks when she makes a destructive choice and must face the past. In 2001, proud Muslim Alia goes to argue with her dad, at his office in the Towers. When the attack comes, she must trust a strange boy if she is to survive.
Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz
In 2011, Kai’s village in Japan is hit by a devastating tsunami. In one day, he loses almost everything and everyone he cares about. When he is later offered a trip to New York to meet other kids whose lives were impacted by 9/11 ten years earlier, he realizes that not only can he meet people who understand what he’s going through, but he can also look for his estranged American father.