Happy National Paper Airplane Day

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Learn more about the origin of paper airplanes and watch a how-to video here.

Got the flying bug? Here are some fiction and nonfiction stories about aviation, ready for take-off on your device:

The Aviators – Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight by Winston Groom – eBook available now

The Aviator’s Wife – A Novel by Melanie Benjamin – eBook available now

A Higher Call – An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II by Adam Makos – audiobook available now

Hornet Flight by Ken Follett – eBook available now

Sully – My Search for What Really Matters by Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger, III – eBook available now

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough – Willing to hop on a short waitlist? This audiobook available soon!

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Listen to an audiobook while you color – free coloring pages for adults

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Listening and coloring – it’s a great combination and a relaxing way to unwind. So download an audiobook, grab your colored pencils, and try one of these free coloring pages!

Art Is Fun


Just Color

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Biographies available for download

From artists, writers and queens to American leaders, world figures and icons, biographies of the famous and influential give us fascinating insight into exceptional intellect, creativity and vulnerability.

These selected biographies are available now for download to your device:

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin – eBook

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis – eBook

Ansel Adams: A Biography by Mary Street Alinder – eBook

Capote: A Biography by Gerald Clarke – eBook

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King – eBook

Hamilton: An American Biography by Tony Williams – eBook

Mandela: The Authorized Biography by Anthony Sampson – eBook

The Queen Mother: The Official Biography by William Shawcross – audiobook

Victoria – The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird – eBook

Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan – eBook

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Beach reads available for download

Vacations and trips may be on hold, but sunny days are ahead. And nothing can stop you from picking up a “beach read” now, even if you’re staying at home. These selected summer reads are currently available for download to your device.

The Beach House by James Patterson – eBook and audiobook

Beach Lane by Sherryl Woods – eBook

The Beach Quilt by Holly Chamberlin – eBook

Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews – audiobook

A Beach Wish by Shelley Noble – eBook

Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams – eBook

The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri – eBook

The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan – eBook and audiobook

Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank – eBook and audiobook

Ten Beach Road by Wendy Max – eBook

Looking for more? Try these keyword searches:

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What’s your favorite beach read?

Free online streams of Broadway shows at Lincoln Center

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By Ajay Suresh from New York, NY, USA – Lincoln Center Overview

Lincoln Center Announces BROADWAY FRIDAYS, Free Online Streams Featuring CAROUSEL, THE NANCE and More

These archival broadcasts will be made available every Friday, beginning June 5, to June 19, 2020 at 8 p.m. Find out more here.

Meantime, maybe you’d like to read a few plays or stories about making it big on Broadway. These eBooks and eAudiobooks are currently available on OverDrive:

Actress by Anne Enright

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Henry V  by William Shakespeare

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk

The Neil Simon Collection by Neil Simon

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Looking for more drama? Try searching by these selected famous playwrights

Henrik Ibsen
Arthur Miller
William Shakespeare
Neil Simon
Oscar Wilde
Tennessee Williams

Libby Picks

There are ways to enjoy a good book, even if you can’t browse the shelves—this month’s Multimedia Department staff picks are all available on the Libby app.  With Libby you can read or listen to a huge selection of books from any mobile device, without ever needing to leave your home. For more information on Libby, click here.

Emily’s Picks

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Grown-up fans of Harry Potter will love this tale of English magic set in an alternate strangeRegency era. Featuring captivating characters and a meticulously researched and carefully-built world, this Hugo-winning debut novel will have you turning page after page, unable to put it down. At the height of England’s war against Napoleonic France, when magic seems to be merely a topic of study and theory but never of practice, to practicing magicians of very different temperaments—Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell—emerge and, through their initial partnership and eventual rivalry, change the course of history forever.

Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

Although it’s the 14th book in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, there’s no need to read the first 13 books to enjoy this hilarious tale of magic and mischief (although you could if lordsyou wanted to!). Lords and Ladies is set in the small, sleepy Kingdom of Lancre, a kingdom run by a king who was once a court jester and protected by three witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick. When it seems that the elves are returning to Lancre, the kingdom’s young people are confused as to what all the fuss is about—after all, elves are supposed to be nice. But the witches know better. Elves aren’t nice, elves are bad, and it’s up to the witches to stop them before they ruin the King’s wedding and possibly much more. Loaded with Pratchett’s trademark whimsical wit, colorful characters, and a few winks and nods to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this is a must-read for fantasy lovers.

Jessie’s Picks

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

etiquetteLooking for a book that will transport you out of this reality? Then give Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series a try! Set in an alternate Victorian England, this humorous steampunk series follows Sophronia through her many adventures at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. Moira Quirk does a great job of narrating this Young Adult series.

A Death of No Importance by Mariah Fredericksdeath

This mystery series starter is set in New York City circa 1910. Jane Prescott is a ladies’ maid to the daughters of the wealthy Benchley family. Jane becomes involved in a complex mystery when Charlotte Benchley’s fiancée is murdered. Jane discovers that her position allows her to learn important details. This mystery series is a good choice for fans of Laurie R. King and Anne Perry.

John’s Picks

A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
Fans of HBO’s A Game of Thrones will certainly enjoy George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, but the third book of this epic fantasy is particularly exciting. So many of the television series’ most pivotal moments unfold within these 1000+ pages, but there are plenty of nuances to make the 48-hour-long audiobook exciting for all. Listen along as giants roam north of the Wall, four kings wage a devastating war across the Seven Kingdoms, and dragons fly high above the continent of Essos.

The Great Courses: Foundations of Western Civilizationgreat

Thomas F. X. Noble is Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. This offering by the Great Courses invites you into the award-winning historian’s classroom for 48 unique lectures on topics ranging from the earliest civilizations in Mesopotamia to the cusp of the modern world around 1600. Noble has published dozens of scholarly books and articles on the history of Western civilization, and he shares his research and expertise in this incredibly insightful audiobook.

Kim’s Picks

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews

Picking up where Home: A Memoir of My Early Years (2009) left off, stage and screen icon homeworkAndrews begins with a summary of her young life that included bizarre family secrets, performance in vaudeville, and the epic stage successes My Fair Lady and Camelot. Home Work continues with her introduction to major films courtesy of Walt Disney. She is candid about everything, including her amicable divorce from esteemed production designer Tony Walton and marriage to the equally famous and hypochondriac Blake Edwards (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Pink Panther, and Victor, Victoria). She praises Disney, James Garner, Dick Van Dyke, Carol Burnett, Robert Preston, and many others who helped her and became life-long pals. Like Home, Home Work is everything you’d want in a star biography. There is much to amuse the reader, e.g., being smashed to the stage when the wires helping her fly in Mary Poppins (1964) snapped, and in The Sound of Music (1965) when the lights installed in the gazebo made horrible sounds each time she and co-star Christopher Plummer looked deeply into each other’s eyes. Breaking into uncontrollable laughter, it forced director Robert Wise to give and shoot them in silhouette which of course worked wonderfully well.

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

This famous 1922 novel by the Nobel-prize winning author of Main Street, Arrowsmith, babbittDodsworth, and Elmer Gantry describes the culture of the fictional Zenith, a growing midwestern metropolis with streetcars, automobiles, banks, caterers, clubs and more clubs, theaters, tall buildings, and humming factories—ultimate examples of American progress. The focus is on middle-aged George Babbitt and his household. Despite his success in real estate and pride at belonging to a coterie of men on the make (he’s a realtor, not a real estate man, thank you very much), he does experience episodes causing him to question his life choices. Yet conformity is impossible to buck. “Babbitt” became a synonym for those hustling for material gain to the detriment of a fully realized, ethical, and honest society.

Mary’s Picks

Becoming by Michelle Obama
An inspirational autobiography showing that anything can be accomplished with hard work and perseverance. This audiobook is read by the author which makes it that much more enjoyable. She tells her extraordinary story in a very down-to-earth way that everyone can connect with. Warm, thoughtful, educational, and inspiring.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahamewind

This is my all-time favorite childhood book. Beautifully written and enjoyable for both children and adults. The descriptions are so rich that you feel you are right there in the story with the most beloved characters. A true classic and feel-good book that everyone should read.

Stephanie’s Picks

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
In the fourth volume of the Cormoran Strike series, Galbraith interweaves a complex plot involving murder, politics, and blackmail. It’s filled with captivating dialogue with wonderfully flawed characters. The first few chapters are a little slow going, but if you put your faith in the gruff narration from Robert Glenister, he will lead you through a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (narrated by Anthony Bourdain)
I was extremely hesitant to read this book, as I always thought of Bourdain as an arrogant, unpleasant man, who had no problem voicing his opinion of those he deemed beneath him. However, a good friend assured me I would really like this book. He was right! In this unexpectedly humorous memoir, Bourdain tells his story with a quick wit that is as offensive as it is poignant. His passion for food comes through unboundedly, and I appreciate his fierce advocacy for under-appreciated chefs, specifically those in the Latino community. His disdain for vegetarians aside, I found this book very enjoyable.

Books about mothers and motherhood available now on OverDrive

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday. Explore the tender, complicated and uplifting subject of motherhood in these eBooks, currently available and ready for check-out on OverDrive.

I Don’t Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson

Delightfully smart and heartbreakingly poignant, Allison Pearson’s smash debut novel has exploded onto bestseller lists as “The national anthem for working mothers.”

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

A moving memoir about the legendary author’s relationship with her own mother.

Motherhood So White by Nefertiti Austin

Honest, vulnerable, and uplifting, offering an exploration of social and cultural bias, a new perspective on a familiar experience, and insights about what it means to be a mom in America today.

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh by Carl Zimmer

Celebrated New York Times columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation.

That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam

From the celebrated author of Rich and Pretty, a novel about the families we fight to build and those we fight to keep

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