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The Big Library Read is Here!

Big Library Read is the first-ever “global eBook club,” connecting people around the world who read the same eBook (or listen to the audiobook) at the same time! The new selection is The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti! Here’s a quick summary from the publisher:

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

October 12-26, 2017, unlimited copies of the book (including an audiobook edition) are available for checkout through OverDrive! Just visit Delco.Overdrive.com (you’ll need a Delaware County Libraries card for this one), and borrow the Big Library Read today!BLRhero-Aug17

 

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Posted in Library News

September’s Library News & New Books!

Here is the Ridley High School Library newsletter for September, with all of the news and new books worth checking out! Thanks for taking a moment to read about a brand new digital resource called Exploring Issues, the upcoming Big Library Read, September’s Top Three books, and the latest bestseller to go from the bookshelf to the big screen!

Just click on the image for all of September’s news worth checking out!September

Posted in audiobooks, Library News

Just Add Listening!

This News Worth Checking Out post is dedicated to the memory of
Ms. Debbie Montemuro Roberts, beloved Ridley High School teacher
and longtime audiobook listener.
Her kind spirit and dedication to our students will never be forgotten!

Back-to-school is a busy time of year, and sometimes enjoyment reading falls to the bottom of to-do lists for students and teachers alike. Audiobooks are a wonderful way to incorporate reading into your day, whether you are catching up on a bestseller, revisiting a classic novel, or simply trying something different. The Ridley High School Library’s selection of 200+ audiobooks is always growing, and we have a fresh batch of books-on-CD to kick off the new school year! Here are a few of my favorites (just click the book title for an audio excerpt and more information):

For students with reading challenges, listening helps to fill in any gaps in comprehension. Skilled narrators use their voices to establish mood, heighten drama, and alert listeners to pivotal plot developments. Audiobooks also play a role in the library’s commitment to diverse literature by offering authentic representations of language and dialogue, and providing a “literacy bridge” for emerging readers. Consider diversifying your reading with an audiobook from the Ridley High School Library!AudibleInfographic.jpg

Posted in new books

Five Weeks, Five Must-Read Books!

Each of these must-read new releases will be available in the Ridley High School Library on its “book birthday”! There is something for everyone:

  • Mind-blowing science fiction
  • Boundary-breaking fantasy
  • Chillingly smart horror
  • Heart-wrenching realism
  • Breathtaking fractured fairy tales

Stop by today to check out our new arrivals, and remember that you can always place holds on new books and old favorites via Destiny Quest!

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Posted in Blogging for Books

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

The Ridley High School Library says hello to Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner…Zentner

“Where are you guys? Text me back.” This seemingly unremarkable text from Carver Briggs to his three best friends may have precipitated the car crash that killed Blake, Eli, and Mars. Now the fourth member of their “Sauce Crew” must face both senior year at Nashville Arts Academy without his closest friends and a potential criminal charge of negligent homicide. Some of his classmates sympathize with Carver, and others (including Eli’s twin sister) blame him for the tragedy. Carver finds solace in the company of Eli’s former girlfriend, Jesmyn, even though part of him feels like he’s betraying Eli by growing closer with her. Meanwhile, Blake’s grandmother invites Carver to spend a “goodbye day” with her doing all the things that Blake loved best. As grief, guilt, panic attacks, and legal fees threaten the stability of Carver’s world he must find a way to make it through the goodbye days and go on living.

Jeff Zentner won the 2017 Morris Award for his debut novel, The Serpent King. In my opinion Goodbye Days, with its emotionally resonant depiction of a hot-button issue, is an even better book. The richness of Nashville’s arts scene and unique locales (including Centennial Park, the iconic Ryman Auditorium, and Parnassus Books) imbues every page and provides a wonderful backdrop to the story. Goodbye Days is a perfect choice for readers who enjoyed Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner. 

Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review!

Posted in Tech Tips

The Library’s Latest Arrival!

One of the most frequent requests we receive in the library is for additional charging stations for iPads, Kindles, and other devices. We aim to please, so we are happy to welcome a new five-port charging dock to the library! This brand new charging station is located on the counter just inside the library entrance. Please help yourself to a jolt of juice whenever your device is running low!

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Pennsylvania Reader’s Choice Award | A Vote Equals a Voice!

Have you ever watched an awards show and thought, “I NEVER would have voted for that movie to win!” Or have you read an award-winning book and thought, “Really?! What were they thinking?!” If so, the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award is for you! This is a book award that gives you, the reader, a voice! Every year, fifteen of the very best books are nominated. These books are all written by North American authors, and have been published within the last five years. They really are the best of the best, but the winning book needs your vote!

Participating in the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award is a snap. Here’s how to do it:

  • Read (or listen to) at least three books from the list of nominated titles
  • You do not have to read every book to participate
  • Vote for your favorite book in March!

That’s all there is to it. Stop by the library to pick up a bookmark with the list of nominated titles. Better yet, check out one of the books while you’re here! And once you’ve read a book or two, leave a comment sharing your thoughts about it. Some things you might include in your comment are:

  • Did the book live up to your expectations based on the plot summary?
  • Would you recommend it to a friend?
  • Did you like this book more or less than other books you’ve read recently?
  • Would you vote for this book to win the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award?

Remember, your favorite book needs YOUR vote to win!