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If you’re looking forward to some free time and more time for reading this summer, you’re in luck!! You can get free audiobooks and ebooks from these resources. Click here for details. Happy Reading!!!
Please note that all library books are due no later than May 7, and the final day to turn in your reading challenge bingo sheet is May 7!!
- Check your library account to see if you have any books checked out
- Don’t know how check your library account? Click here
- Check PowerSchool to see if you have any lost/missing book fees
This week’s featured book is Notorious, by Gordon Korman. To listen to the first chapter, click here (Part 1) and here (Part 2). This book is available through the KPBSD digital library, using the Sora app.
Genre: Mystery, amusing
About this book: Keenan has lived all over the world but nowhere quite as strange as Centerlight Island, which is split between the United States and Canada. The only thing weirder than Centerlight itself is his neighbor Zarabeth, aka ZeeBee.
ZeeBee is obsessed with the island’s history as a Prohibition-era smuggling route. She’s also convinced that her beloved dog, Barney, was murdered—something Keenan finds pretty hard to believe.
Just about everyone on Centerlight is a suspect, because everyone hated Barney, a huge dog—part mastiff, part rottweiler—notorious for terrorizing the community. Accompanied by a mild-mannered new dog who is practically Barney’s opposite, ZeeBee enlists Keenan’s help to solve the mystery.
As Keenan and ZeeBee start to unravel the clues, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that dates back to Centerlight’s gangster past. The good news is that Keenan may have found the best friend he’s ever had. The bad news is that the stakes are sky-high.
And now someone is after them. . . .
Today’s featured title is Somewhere Only We Know, by Maurene Goo. You can get this book at the Skyview Library. Listen to the first chapter.
Description: 10:00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.
11:00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.
12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.
From April 29 – August 4 2021, SYNC gives you two free titles every week.
How do you get them?
- Register for SYNC 2021 and follow the instructions
- Download Sora from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or go to soraapp.com in your browser.
- If you’ve never used Sora before, do this:
- In Sora, tap I have a setup code (at the bottom of the screen).
- Enter this setup code: audiobooksync.
- Enter the email address you used to sign up for SYNC.
- Tap Explore (the binoculars at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles [SYNC 2021 starts April 29].
- If you already use Sora, do this:
- In Sora, open the menu (in the top-right corner).
- Select Add a library.
- Search for audiobooksync and select the library from the results.
- Enter the email address you used to sign up for SYNC
New titles will be available each Thursday at midnight Eastern time (i.e., 12:01am ET). You can access the titles for 7 days, until the next Wednesday at 11:59pm.
Want text alerts so you don’t miss a title?
- TEXT syncya to 866-984-0598 or visit audiobooksync.com
Questions? Visit the library blog, see the librarian or email her at email@example.com
The library is hosting a SPRING READING CHALLENGE!!
- Complete just four squares on the bingo sheet for a single entry.
- Every four squares you complete equals one entry. You can have up to four entries (you can use the same bingo sheet), but you can only use a square once.
- Turn it in to the librarian by May 20, 2021
- Get entered into a drawing for one of five $15 gift certificates from local businesses.
- For complete details, click here. Bingo sheets are also in the folders on the wall by the front office.
This week’s First Chapter Friday is The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. It’s available for checkout at the Skyview Library, as well as on Sora from the Alaska digital library, in both eBook and audiobook format. Listen to the first chapter here.
About the book: The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.
Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.
But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women’s cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.
Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives…
This week’s featured book is Batting Order by Mike Lupica. Listen to the first chapter here. It’s available for checkout at the Skyview Library.
Genre: Sports fiction; baseball
About the book: On or off the field, Matt and Ben couldn’t be more different. Ben Roberson is an all-or-nothing player: he’s big, he’s bold, and he’s brash. Ben’s swing can hit a ball right out of the park—but that’s if he can get a hit at all.
Matt Baker is small, and shy, and his stutter has him avoiding the spotlight—even if he’s the best all-rounder on the team. But while Matt knows he’s got the chops, a part of him has always envied “Big Ben” and his attention-grabbing charm.
So it’s a total shock when Ben asks Matt to help him work on his swing. Because Ben can’t put the ball into play, and his showboating comes at the expense of the team. And even though Matt’s trying to help, Ben doesn’t seem to take him seriously, especially when it means toning things down.
The end of the season is fast approaching—is there enough time for Ben to realize bigger isn’t always better? For Matt to understand that sometimes, being the bigger person means standing up for yourself?
Or will they have to accept defeat?