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Virtual Book Club

We are currently reading Craig Johnson's book,"Hell is Empty", which is part of the Longmire mystery series.

Some may be familiar with the A&E series Longmire, which centered on Walt Longmire, the fictional Wyoming sheriff featured in this novel. Join us for our wrap-up discussion of "Hell is Empty" on September 28th at 9:00 am.  We will also be selecting our next book. Here is a list of options for our next selection.

Book club member, Susan, found this interesting article about references to Dante's "Inferno" in the Johnson book.  We are finding that this book has many layers.  On the surface it is an adventure story about a self-reliant sheriff with a strong moral compass, however, there are many allusions to broader themes for those who dig a bit deeper.  This article helps to understand the parallels to Dante's work.  Thanks, Susan!


American Library Association Book Pick

Join readers across the county to read and discuss the novel "Book of the Little Axe" by Lauren Francis-Sharma.  Unlimited copies will be available to checkout through Overdrive/Libby from September 14-28, 2020. This is the story of Rosa Rendon, a tenacious woman from the West Indies whose adventures take her to the American west in the early 1800's.  


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.