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Online Read-Along

We’ve just completed our discussion of Call of the Wild.  Our second book selection is Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus written by Mary Shelley in 1818.  Many consider this work to be the first modern science fiction novel. 

Library Director, Patty Ross, will begin using the Zoom platform as we discuss this groundbreaking novel.  For brevity, this page will refer to the work as Frankenstein.  Please see the links below for sites where you can obtain a free copy of the ebook or audio book.  All meetings are on Fridays at 10 am. Here is the schedule of reading for Frankenstein:

Letters 1-4 and Chapters 1-4 (May 1)  Click here to join the Zoom meeting

Chapters 5-9 (May 8)   Click here to join the Zoom meeting

Chapters 10-14 (May 15)  Click here to join the Zoom meeting

Chapters 15-19 (May 22)  Click here to join the Zoom meeting

Chapters 20-24 (May 29)

But wait, there’s more!  The next book selection is the historical novel, Little by Edward Carey.  Little tells the story of Madame Tussaud, the famous wax figurine creator as she comes of age and achieves fame against the backdrop of the French Revolution.  Our discussion of Little begins on June 5th at 10 am.  Check here and on Facebook for meeting links. 

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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.