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MP3 CDs now available at your library

MP3 CDs are becoming increasingly popular because they contain compressed audio files, thus making it possible for a typical audio book that would take 8 to 10 CDs to be contained on just one CD.

MP3 CDs are played in the same way as standard CDs. In computers the CD/DVD drive is already set to accept MP3 CDs. Newer home CD/DVD players and those in cars built since 2006 also have the hardware needed to read MP3 CDs.

You will love having only one disc to handle, rather than 8, 9 or 10 — especially when you are traveling. With no need to switch discs while driving, you will have a more enjoyable listening experience and a much safer trip.

So take advantage of this new technology with the dozens of MP3 unabridged audio books now available at your library. They include thrillers by Brad Meltzer and David Baldacci, historical novels by Philippa Gregory, adventures by Clive Cussler, classics by Charles Dickens, fiction by Alexander McCall Smith, mysteries by Michael Connelly and James Patterson, and women’s fiction by Sandra Brown, Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner.

Request for travel speakers

Have you dined in Denmark? Hiked in the Himalayas? Cuddled a koala down under? We are looking for seven presenters for “Armchair Travel Talks,” a summer reading program about world travel on Thursday, June 30 from 5-7 p.m. Each speaker will have a maximum of 15 minutes to share stories and digital photos from a recent excursion to an international location. We are hoping to get all seven continents represented. Call Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, assistant director, at the library at 264-2209 if you are interested.

How to and self help

“Knitting Plus” by Lisa Shroyer provides information about custom plus-size sweater construction. “What To Expect: The Second Year” by Heidi Murkoff helps you care for, nurture, understand and keep up with your one-year-old. “Starting an Online Business” by Greg Holden is part of the “For Dummies” how-to series. “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement” by New York Times columnist David Brooks explores how we grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail and succeed. “Homebased Business Handbook” by James Stephenson is a guide to starting, running and growing your own profitable business. “Running a Side Business” helps you start a business on the side while keeping both your day job and your sanity. “The Lean Belly Prescription” by Dr. Travis Stork is a diet and weight-loss plan to fight belly fat.

Political books

“A Simple Government” by Mike Huckabee describes 12 things the author believes we really need from Washington — and a trillion that we don’t. “Liberty Defined” by Ron Paul is a guide to the author’s position on 50 of the most important and controversial issues of our time.

Medical books

“The Pain Chronicles” by Melanie Thernstrom explores the world of chronic pain. “Quirky, Yes — Hopeless, No” by Cynthia La Brie Norall provides practical tips to help children with Asperger’s Syndrome cope with the social world that so baffles them. “Alzheimer’s in America: The Shriver Report on Women and Alzheimer’s” reports on a study by Maria Shriver and the Alzheimer’s Association. “Living with Hepatitis C/fifth edition” by Dr. Gregory T. Everson offers help for coping with a diagnosis, understanding the causes and symptoms, and managing this disease. “Guide for a Healthy Heart” and “Guide to Diabetes and Your Life” by Jane L. Delgado are two books in the National Alliance for Hispanic Health series.

Other nonfiction

“Moonwalking with Einstein” by Joshua Foer explores the art and science of remembering by the winner of the U.S. Memory Championship. “The Information” by James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the nature of human consciousness. “The Tiger” by John Vaillant is the true story of the search for a man-eating tiger who appears to be on a well-thought-out vendetta. “The Bond” by Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the U.S., explores our kinship with animals and the many ways we have betrayed this bond as individuals and organizations. “The Brilliant Disaster” by Jim Rasenberger takes a close look at the Bay of Pigs disaster in Cuba in 1961, drawing on long-hidden CIA documents.

New novels

“The Love of My Youth” by Mary Gordon is about high school sweethearts meeting by chance in Rome after more than 30 years. “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obreht is a novel by the youngest of The New Yorker’s 20 best American fiction writers under 40. “Elizabeth I” by Margaret George is the story of the rivalry of the queen and her cousin. “Minding Ben” by Victoria Brown explores the life of a Jamaican nanny in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Mysteries and suspense

“The Mountains Bow Down” by Sibella Giorello features FBI special agent and forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon, whose Alaska cruise vacation is interrupted by a murder.

“Threshold” by Jeremy Robinson is the third book in the Jack Sigler thriller series. “Toys” by James Patterson follows the life of a man who suddenly flees his elite life and becomes a hunted fugitive.

Thanks to our donors

We would like to say a special “thank you” to Ron Gustafson for taking our recycling to the transfer station every week. For books and materials this week, we thank Louis Archuleta, Randall Davis, Chris Evans, June Geisen, Don McKeehan, Mackenzie Patane, Michael Schneider and Robert Webb.


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