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For those who read Frankenstein with us, one of the book club members ran across this article that she wanted to share:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/12/the-strange-and-twisted-life-of-frankenstein

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Frankenstein discussion.  

Our current book selection is Little written by Edward Carey in 2018, a full 200 years after our last book, Frankenstein was written. Little tells the story of an orphaned girl who grows to prominence during the French Revolution as Madame Tussaud, of waxworks fame.  This unusual novel is a blend of historical fiction, fact and illustrations.

We will be using the Zoom platform when we meet to discuss the novel.   All meetings are on Fridays at 10 am.   When you register using the links below, you will be emailed a confirmation with a link to the meeting.  Hope to see you on Friday!

July 10th  This week we are reading through Book 5.  Here is the link to the meeting registration.   Also, as we discussed last week, here is a link to the short list of Nobel prize winning novels that are contenders for our next read.  We will vote at this week’s meeting on our next selection.

Selecting the Next Book

For our next book, I would like to select a Nobel prize winning work that was written in this century.  To see a list of authors and learn more about them, please visit the Nobel Prize for Literature page.  Which authors have you read?  Which look intriguing? Is there a particular work you’ve always wanted to read?  We will begin discussing options at the July 2nd meeting and make a final selection on the 10th.  If you’ve been thinking about joining the book club, this is a great time to dive in and help choose our next read!

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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.
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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.