Month: April 2020

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Audiobook Giveaways Every Week

SYNC logoWant great listens to immerse you in new stories? TrySYNC, a free summer audiobook program that gives away two themed titles each week for downloading. These are top-quality productions featuring standout performances, and though the design is to encourage literacy and listening in teens across the country, adults and families find ready entertainment, too!

This week you can grab Tiffany D. Jackson’sMonday’s Not Coming, an absorbing thriller read by Broadway star Imani Parks, and the bestsellingThe 57 Busby Dashka Slater, an award-winning true story read by the incomparable Robin Miles. Upcoming pairs includeThe Music of What Happensby Bill Konigsberg with Katherine Reay’sThe Brontë Plot andKindredby Octavia E. Butler offered withBurn Baby Burnby Meg Medina.

SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. Download the app to the device you anticipate listening on, access your first week’s titles, and enjoy more ready opportunities to read with your ears!

Staff Digital Picks: Comics and Graphic Novels

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Are you longing for story but finding it difficult to sink into a full-length book? You might find what you are looking for in comics and graphic novels! Drama, action, history, humor, fantasy, memoir, and romance are all on offer in a medium that combines art and language to deliver absorbing tales. Today our readers’ advisory staff spotlight their favorite selections available to you through the Library’s digital services, so you can sample without delay. Don’t forget to visit previous staff recommendations for what to read, watch, or listen to from home, and you are enthusiastically invited to request customized suggestions for titles in OverDrive or Hoopla might be a perfect match for your current mood.

 

New Kid book cover

New Kid by Jerry Craft
This tender-hearted graphic novel will touch anyone who has had to start over somewhere. 7th grader Jordan is forced to go to a new private school instead of art school like he so desires. During his first year at the school, he has to figure out ways to fit in, combat prejudice, and continue with art. This is a poignant, piercing story with amazing artistry, totally able to be binged in one sitting. ~Al N.  (also recommended by Kelda and Cathleen)

Available both on Hoopla as ebook and e-audio and on OverDrive as ebook and e-audio

 

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples

A series to get hooked on and there are plenty of volumes to keep you going. Get lost in the chase to hunt down these outlaws: a couple of star-crossed lovers (and baby makes three). Many adventures and thrills across various worlds in this literal sweeping saga. ~Chelsea

Nine collected volumes available on Hoopla or on OverDrive

 

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Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson

A vivid narrative of abuse, survival, and resilience, this is one woman’s story of her experience with and survival of the Canadian residential schools that First Nations children were forced to attend. ~Allison L.

Access on Hoopla or on OverDrive

 

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol 1

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North, illustrated by Erica Henderson

Unrelenting optimism, faith in the goodness of others, healthy body positivity, and a cheerful sense of duty. This series is more than a bit silly, but that’s part of its charm – and all the more welcome in days such as these. ~Cathleen

Access multiple collected volumes via Hoopla

 

 

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Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye

The succinct writing and illustrations puts a spotlight on Kaye’s vulnerability in sharing her transition in this illustrated memoir. Her focused chronicles of such a personal experience offer a chance to relate and/or bear witness to another person’s trials and happy moments during a pivotal period. ~Jenny

Access on Hoopla

 

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Backstagers by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Rian Sygh

The stories and friendships of the behind-the-scenes crew of a high school drama club with touches of magic. ~Emily

Access multiple collected volumes and single issues on Hoopla

 

 

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Jordie Bellaire, illustrated by Dan Mora and Matt Taylor

The scooby gang reinvented and enjoying present day thrills and the usual chills. ~Chelsea

Access on Hoopla

 

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Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

As one of the characters testifies, this is a story “about life…but death has a big part in it,” but don’t let that keep you away. It is fantastical, heart-wrenching, and surprisingly uplifting, and the ethereal, meditative nature needs to be experienced to be truly appreciated. ~Cathleen

Access on Hoopla

 

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Man-Eaters by Chelsea Cain, illustrated by Kate Niemczyk

One of my favorite satirical comics, Man-Eaters turns young women into cats, cats that men greatly fear. If you like satire and content that at the same time doesn’t take itself too seriously while also revealing more serious lessons about society, give this a try! ~Al N.  (also recommended by Chelsea)

Access multiple collected volumes on Hoopla

 

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Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

A wonderful memoir confronting the topics of addiction in the family and using what one loves to find a way through it. ~Emily

Available both on OverDrive as ebook and e-audio and on Hoopla as e-audio

 

 

Royal City book coverRoyal City by Jeff Lemire

There are times when we read for escapism, but there is equal interest in reading to help make sense of the unexpected in life, of what doesn’t turn out as we believe it might when we are children. This is one of those stories. ~Cathleen

Access three collected volumes on Hoopla

 

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Moonstruck by Grace Ellis, illustrated by Shae Beagle and Kate Leth

Magic, cute werewolves, baristas, and more encase this bubbly book. Join for the laughs and the many pals. ~Chelsea

Access two volumes on Hoopla

 

 

Fun Home coverChelsea recommends
Fun Home
by Alison Bechdel
Archie Christmas Classics coverDenise recommends
Archie Christmas Classics
by Bob Bolling, Frank Doyle, George Gladir and Al Hartley
illustrated by Dan DeCarlo, Stan Goldberg and Bob White
March Book One coverChelsea recommends
March, Book One
by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
illustrated by Nate Powell

Staff Hoopla Picks: Comfort TV

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When everything becomes too much, we look for comfort in different forms of escape television. Sometimes we want to lose ourselves in gentle or dramatic history; other times we want contemporary and edgy. You have access to hundreds of streaming programs through Hoopla Digital with your library card, and below are a few recommendations courtesy of your friendly Advisory Staff. Other viewing suggestions are available here and here, and you can also contact us to ask for titles hand-picked to match your personal taste!

Absolutely Fabulous video imageChelsea recommends
Absolutely Fabulous
Series 1-6
UK comedy
Wolf Hall video imageLaura and Cathleen recommend
Wolf Hall
Miniseries: 6 episodes
UK historical drama
Story of Cats video imageAl recommends
The Story of Cats
2 episodes
US nature documentary

 

Call the Midwife video imageAl recommends
Call the Midwife
Seasons 1-7
UK historical drama
Rick and Morty video imageChelsea recommends
Rick and Morty
Season 1
US animated comedy
Great British Baking Show video imageChelsea, Al, and Cathleen recommend
The Great British Baking Show
Seasons 1-5
UK reality competition

 

Dickensian video imageCathleen recommends
Dickensian
Series 1
UK historical drama
Key and Peele video imageAl recommends
Key & Peele
Season 1
US comedy
Robot Chicken video imageChelsea recommends
Robot Chicken
Season 1
US animated comedy

 

Librarians video imageAl recommends
The Librarians
Seasons 1-4
US action-adventure, science fiction/fantasy
Cranford video imageChelsea recommends
Cranford
Seasons 1-2
UK historical drama
Search Party video imageCathleen recommends
Search Party

Season 1
US dark comedy, mystery

 

Coroner video imageThe Coroner
Seasons 1-2
UK crime drama
Scott and Bailey video imageScott & Bailey
Series 1-5
UK crime drama
Seasons 1-6

US comedy, science fiction/fantasy

 

Poetry Ebooks Offer “A Place You Can Go When Human Words Fail”

National Poetry Month 2020 posterApril is National Poetry Month, and you have access to contemporary and classic collections through the Library’s digital book services. Poetry is a form we often think of in times of joy and in times of crisis. Why is that? As U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo articulates, “poetry uses language to create a place you can go when human words fail.” Here is a sampling of works you can check out from home through OverDrive and Libby:

And Still I Rise ebook coverAnd Still I Rise
by Maya Angelou
Cobwebs from a Literary Corner ebook coverCobwebs from a Library Corner
by John Kendrick Bangs
Upstream ebook coverUpstream
by Mary Oliver

 

Songs of Travel ebook coverSongs of Travel and Other Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson
If They Come for Us ebook coverIf They Come for Us
by Fatimah Asghar

 

Aimless Love ebook coverAimless Love
by Billy Collins
Poems ebook coverPoems
by Emily Dickinson
Seasons of the Soul ebook coverThe Seasons of the Soul
by Herman Hesse

Announcing the No Commitment Virtual Book Club

No Commitment Book Club categoriesMissing the chance to talk books with friends both old and new? You are invited to visit a new MPPL Goodreads group to share with your neighbors what you are reading in any or all of our featured themes.

Separate discussion threads are open for five categories — all designed to be fully your choice. Whether your recent reads have been wild successes or frustrating disappointments, we’re here to celebrate the journey.

Not one to share with a group? For personal cheers or for reading recommendations of titles specifically available to you online, email your book comments to readers@mppl.org.

Happy reading while sheltering-in-place!