Prevent the ‘summer slide’ and Read – For the Win!

Readers of all ages are encouraged to read like a champ and bring home the gold this summer as part of the East Central Regional Library’s 2016 summer reading program: Read – For the Win! Youths in preschool through teen are welcome to participate, along with those from all generations, in many of the programs, contests and activities offered. All are free and open to the public.

Reading from June to September is important to prevent the “summer slide,” as children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall. In fact, children who participate in summer reading programs and read a minimum of six books over the break score higher in reading and math when they return to school. This reflects solid preparation and confidence in reading by the time the first bell rings in the new school year.

To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. Libraries are part of the solution, and summer reading programs remind kids that reading is for fun – as well as for learning. Just think … more than 82 million children attend library programs every year.

Stop by your local East Central Regional Library to learn more about this year’s summer reading program and don’t forget to Read – For the Win!

Source: Dominican University IMLS-funded research: Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap (PDF).

Prisoners in Fantasy and Fact

SYNC 2016 Week 2’s featured eAudiobook opens a new and popular fantasy series. Paired with it is a true-life account by an attorney who played a significant role in changing the destiny of a young man in a faraway land. Together, this week’s eAudiobook pair illustrates hope in the face of some of the most extreme forms of hopelessness, showing how an individual’s sacrifice can make a monumental impact.

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By Melinda Salisbury. Read by Amy Shiels. 

A dark YA fantasy that balances political intrigue, an evil queen, and a love triangle. Twylla, the 17-year-old heroine, lives in a castle and has the power to kill by simply touching the victim. However, her power is one she’s inherited and her role as executioner of prisoners isn’t the life she chose, nor that she wants.

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By Jim Gash. Read by Brandon Batchelar.

Los Angeles lawyer and law professor, Jim Gash, tells the true story of how he found himself in the heart of Africa, performing legal rescue work on behalf of imprisoned children in Uganda, particularly of defending Henry, a courageous Ugandan boy languishing in prison and wrongfully accused of two separate murders. You can find out more about Gash’s work and Henry’s imprisonment by watching BBC Outlook: Teen Wrongly Accused of Two Murders

Available for a Limited Time

Remember: download these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 5/19/2016! While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the eAudiobooks are yours to keep!

Thanks to Scholastic Audio and Oasis Audio for providing the downloads this week.  Happy listening!

Just getting started? You can learn all about the AudiobookSYNC program and how to get started listening here.

More Big Library Read!

Have you finished American Sniper, but just can’t get enough?

Taya Kyle, the widow of author Chris Kyle, visited with OverDrive’s Professional Book Nerds podcast to share more about their story and talk about the version of Chris you may not see in American Sniper. Taya, who is also a New York Times best-selling author, shared wonderful insight into their experiences both while Chris was serving and at home. Listen to the exclusive interview with Taya Kyle.

On ECRL’s OverDrive Digital Library, you will also discover some great American Sniper read-alikes in our Featured Collection.

There’s still time borrow American Sniper in eBook or eAudiobook format without wait lists or holds! Big Library Read runs through 31st.

Search for eBook and eAudiobooks in the Catalog

Physical books or digital books?  If you’re like most digital readers, you don’t read digital books exclusively but also read physical books .  Previously, if you were a physical AND digital book reader from ECRL, you had to search in more than one place.  If you were looking for physical books like hardcovers or Books on CD from ECRL, you had to search the catalog.  If you were looking for digital books (eBooks or eAudiobooks), you had to search the ECRL OverDrive Digital Library.

No longer!

Since the beginning of 2016, ECRL’s Technical Services team has worked hard to add information for the over 9,000 digital titles available in the ECRL OverDrive Digital Library to the catalog.  Now, you can search for OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks in the ECRL catalog.

How do I do search for eBooks and eAudiobooks in the ECRL catalog?

Search for a title or author in the ECRL catalog, just as you normally would.  Results will now include eBook and eAudio in addition to the regular print book, Large Print, and Book on CD.  In the example above, a title search for Girl in the Spider’s Web returns 5 results.  The top two results represent digital books.

To access a digital title from the catalog, click on the link to open the detailed record of the format you desire (see below).

Girl in the Spider's Web eBook detail

Then click on the link under Electronic resources which will take you to the ECRL OverDrive Digital Library to check out or place the item on hold.

OverDrive Record

How does this help me?

Having digital titles available in the catalog increases your ability to find books to read.  For readers who read both digital and print books, this should save you the time of having to search in two places. Using the catalog to search is a good option if you are looking for a particular title in any format: book, eBook, Book on CD, eAudiobook, etc.

Note: If you are searching for OverDrive digital titles only, you can always still search for eBooks and eAudiobooks on the Digital Library website or app.


Famous actors, renowned directors, best-selling authors, and popular books…

Studios and production companies are gearing up for their big fall releases.  Grab the books before seeing the movies!  Look for these films in your local movie theatres and ask for the books at your local branch library!

(Based on The Family by Tonino Benacquista)
Starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer
A “dark comedy” about the Manzoni clan and the mob — 
a powerhouse cast in this one!


(Based on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens)
Starring Helen Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes
Bonham Carter, known for her eccentric characters, plays
Miss Havisham

(Based on Horns by Joe Hill )
Starring Daniel Radcliffe
Young Radcliffe (Harry Potter) grows a pair – of horns!  Hill is the son of Stephen King

(Based on Carrie by Stephen King )
Starring Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore
A faithful adaptation of King’s novel — and Moore will be a
chilling Margaret White

(Based on As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner)
Starring James Franco
Franco, last seen in “Oz the Great and Powerful”, also
directs this adaptation of Faulkner’s classic

(Based on The Lost Child of Philomena Lee)
Starring Judi Dench
The true story of an Irish woman’s 50-year quest to find the
son she put up for adoption – Dench was made for this role

(Based on Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card)
Starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford
A huge sci-fi release that has come under scrutiny because of
Card’s personal views on gays and same-sex marriage

(Based on Big Sur by Jack Kerouac)
Starring Kate Bosworth and Josh Lucas
This adaptation of Kerouac’s 1962 novel received
excellent reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival

(Based on The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort)
Starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Matthew McConaughey
Di Caprio, riding high after “The Great Gatsby”, teams with director Martin Scorsese yet again

(Based on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins)
Starring Jennifer Lawrence
Could be the biggest film of 2013 — and Lawrence recently won the
Academy Award for “Silver Linings Playbook”

(Based on Four Days in November by Vincent Bugliosi)
Starring Zac Efron and Paul Giamatti
Parkland Hospital in Dallas on November 22, 1963 –
enough said

(Based on Therese Raquin by Emile Zola) 
Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange
Lange, one of our greatest living actresses, excels
in roles like this

(Based on The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien)
Starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellan
The second installment of Tolkien’s classic — sure to be an enormous
box office success

(Based on Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup)
Starring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender
Producers are expecting this film to grab every major award; it’s being released
just in time for 2013 nominations

Bob Gray
Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian