Summer Reading Program Kickoff at Outreach Sites

Pint-Sized Polkas at Outreach Sites

2016 Read – For the Win

Catchy sing-along polka songs and lots of interaction including trivia questions, name that tune, the chicken dance and more! Plus learn how to do the polka. Family fun for all ages.

Monday, June 20

10:30 am – Braham Event Center

2:30 pm – Isanti Community Center 

Tuesday, June 21

10:00 am – Rolf Olsen Community Center, Onamia

1:30 pm – McGrath Pavilion

Thursday, June 23

10:30 am – Hill City Community Room

1:00 pm – Jacobson Community Center

Friday, June 24

10:00 am – Duquette Town Hall

1:00 pm – Wagner Town Hall

Summer Reading Program Kickoff is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

SYNC Week 8: Relationships Are Complicated

This week’s pair of free audiobooks from SYNC includes a highly popular novel from acclaimed young adult author David Levithan, and an audio drama from Scottish playwright Rona Munro that will likely be new to all listeners here. Together, they are about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

Donny’s Brain by Rona Munro

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The play is about a man who wakes up from a car crash with brain damage. Now, he sees the world as the person he was three years ago, when his life and loves were in a very different place. This leads to confusion not only for him, but also for his hospital visitors, who include his former wife and his current girlfriend. Who are we when our brains change? Do we remain the same, or do new identities emerge?

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

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What if you went to a school where it was actually all right to be who you really are? Boy Meets Boy tells the story of the difficulties of young love in contemporary America—even in a place where gay identity, cross dressing, and football are all equally accepted and at home.  Stonewall Honor and Lambda Literary Award winner.  Remember, June is LGBT Pride Month!

Thank you to L.A. Theatre Works and Full Cast Audio for providing this week’s titles.

Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 6/30/2016! While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

New to SYNC? Learn more to get you started!

Big Library Read: Mystery with a Twist

 

It’s time for another Big Library Read!  This Big Library Read program allows readers to borrow A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain in eBook format from ECRL’s OverDrive Digital Library without wait lists or holds June 23rd – July 7th.

BLR-FB-graphicBig Library Read is the world’s largest global eBook reading club that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with the same eBook at the same time.

A Murder in Time is an intricate mystery about a brilliant FBI agent, Kendra, who finds herself transported back in time to the 1800s. Relegated to the servant class, she stumbles across a gruesome murder, and she alone recognizes they have a serial killer in their midst. Kendra scrambles to solve the case before it takes her own life – 200 years before she was ever born.  At its core, Julie McElwain’s debut novel is a puzzle, a hunt for a murderer and a quest for justice.

It’s easy to join! To get started, all you need is an ECRL library card and password/PIN. A Murder in Time can be read on all major computers and devices, without worrying about wait lists or holds. The eBook will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

Big Library Read is made possible through a partnership between ECRL, OverDrive and Pegasus Books, publisher of A Murder in Time. The title was selected based on a survey of more than 20,000 library readers. To borrow the eBook, visit ECRL’s OverDrive Digital Library.

For more information on Big Library Read, visit BigLibraryRead.com.

SYNC 2016 Week 7

SYNC Week 7 explores America’s racial awareness and race relations in America across more than a century.  This pair of titles is brought to SYNC near the annual Juneteenth celebration, the oldest holiday celebrating the abolition of slavery in the US.  As you listen this week, digging into a topic that is very often at the forefront of news today, we invite you to reflect on the beliefs about race we bring into our personal, social, and civic fabric today.

How it Went DownAutobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

When 16-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson

A half-white half-black man of very light complexion must choose between his heritage and the art that he loves and the ability to escape the inherent racism that he faces by passing as a white.

To get even more out of listening, check out the audiobook discussion group guide for this classic title.

Thank you to Recorded Books and Tantor Media for generously providing this week’s titles.

Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 6/23/2016! While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

New to SYNC? Learn more to get you started!