Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hideously Overdue (but I've Got A Freebie For You Too!)

Folks, it's coming. Really. The High School Summer Reading List is in the works, and if I have to stay up all night all week, it will be in the mail by Friday am.  It's been a wonderfully crazy spring, lots going on in the library and I'm just plain behind schedule. (fyi - the junior high list went out a week ago, so I'm only half hopeless :-)

However . . .  the pool is open for summer checkouts!  Students are welcome to come in anytime to select their summer reading. As always, books that go out for the entire summer go on a parent library account, and a student must bring in the parental permission for that (a signed note or an email to me, giving permission and taking responsibility for all materials that go out on the parent account).  Junior high and high school students don't need a parent present, just the note.  There is a limit of 40 items per family, and the due date is September 1.

I will be in the library until noon on June 6, at which time we'll close for the summer.  Come in during the day, or after school, anytime until then. Students are welcome to make their chosen stacks (aka "shopping carts") of selected books, and can take them home when the parental permission is received.

Please call or email me if you have any questions about how any of this works.

The Freebie -- 
Awesome FREE Audiobooks

Every summer, Sync (a Young Adult program of AudioFile) presents a season of paired new and classic works for listening, for FREE.

Each week, Sync gives away two complete professionally recorded audiobook downloads – a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic title. Each pair of audiobooks can be downloaded for free for a 7 day period only (if you miss it, you miss it), but can be listened to at any time and as often as you wish.

During Summer 2014, at least 4 young adult titles on this year's Paideia summer reading lists are included, plus Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes and more.  But really, anything and everything on this list is a fine summer reading choice.

You'll need the Overdrive app to listen to the Sync audiobooks.  Go to  to find out how to listen.

Here's the season schedule -
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May 22 – May 28 -- right now! Hurry!!
CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge, Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden (Harper Audio)
OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles, Performed by Michael Sheen and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)

May 29 – June 4
CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, Narrated by Emma Galvin (Hachette Audio)
THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Richard E. Grant (Harper Audio)

June 5 – June 11
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill, Narrated by Meredith Mitchell (Tantor Audio)
JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare, Performed by Richard Dreyfuss, JoBeth Williams, Stacy Keach, Kelsey Grammer, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

June 12 – June 18
CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein, Narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell (Bolinda Audio)
THE HIDING PLACE by Corrie Ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill, Narrated by Bernadette Dunne (christianaudio)

June 19 – June 25
I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter, Narrated by Renée Raudman (Brilliance Audio)
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery, Narrated by Colleen Winton (Post Hypnotic Press)

June 26 – July 2
FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick, Narrated by Noah Galvin (Hachette Audio)
OCTOBER MOURNING: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman, Narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister (Brilliance Audio)

July 3 – July 9
TORN FROM TROY by Patrick Bowman, Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Post Hypnotic Press)
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)

July 10 – July 16
CLAUDETTE COLVIN: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose, Narrated by Channie Waites (Brilliance Audio)
WHILE THE WORLD WATCHED by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George, Narrated by Felicia Bullock (Oasis Audio)

July 17 – July 23
THE CASE OF THE CRYPTIC CRINOLINE by Nancy Springer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Recorded Books)
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES II by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by David Timson (Naxos AudioBooks)

July 24 – July 30
HEADSTRONG by Patrick Link, Performed by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Scott Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson, Narrated by Scott Brick (Tantor Audio)

July 31 – August 6
DIVIDED WE FALL by Trent Reedy, Narrated by Andrew Eiden (Scholastic Audio)
THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE by Stephen Crane, Narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Books)

August 7 – August 13
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS by Ben Lesser, Narrated by Jonathan Silverman and Ben Lesser (Remembrance Publishing)
THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick, Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson (HighBridge Audio)

Right now I'm enjoying listening to Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey (no, not that one. This one's funny!!!!) and have downloaded Cruel Beauty and Oedipus from Sync.  I'm still working on Les Miserables, but that's a multi-year challenge.   What will you listen to this summer? 

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