June is Audiobook Month

Audiobooks are growing more and more popular and gaining an increasingly loyal fan club of  people who listen while commuting, gardening, cleaning and so much more. More and more people are also recognizing their value and dissipating the stigma that, "it's not really reading" so if your ready to give it a shot or get back into the habit of listening, join us in celebrating Audiobook month. 

One way to celebrate is with SYNC, a free summer eAudiobook program for teens, (adults can participate too) that gives away two free downloads a week - titles paired together based on weekly themes. Once downloaded, the eAudiobooks are yours to keep. SYNC 2019 began on April 25 and will continue until August 1.

The eAudiobooks for June 13th to the 19th are:

The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarky 

While participating in a field trip that a young class is told not to mention to anyone, their teacher disappears. What happened that day? And whom can the kids talk to? Kate Rudd has the perfect voice to narrate the innocence, wonder, and confusion of a classroom of young girls as they try to figure out what has happened to their teacher. Rudd's emotional narration captures the girls' worry and sense of a world gone awry. Her narration builds just the right amount of suspense in a sophisticated thriller that leaves listeners wondering what they believe about what happened (AudioFile review).

Gulp by Mary Roach

This book fearlessly delves into more taboo terrain, turning the topics of chewing, swallowing, digestion, and elimination into a fascinating biological adventure. Narrator Emily Woo Zeller complements Roach's bizarre details, witty style, and humorous attitude word by word. Zeller is undeterred by the detailed account of the alimentary canal-including its ins and outs-embracing the subject with aplomb and audible appreciation of the author's puns and jests. This appealing nonfiction work yields as much intrigue as any fictional thriller, all amid a foundation of well-researched medical facts. The listener continually learns how little we know about our bodies, nutrition, and the customs and biases of food consumption (AudioFile review).

There are many more great titles to come and you can see the full line up on the SYNC website. Don't forget to check back each week as once the week has past you are not able to download previous titles.  The files are available from 6 am Thursday until the following Thursday at 6am when the new eAudiobook titles become available.

At this time all SYNC books must be downloaded using the Overdrive app, it will not work with Libby. If you are not yet an Overdrive user, download the app to your device today and be ready to go! 

Another way to celebrate is by downloading the RBDigtal app.  Here you  check out eAudiobooks the same as you would any other library book. 

To get started you create an account with RBDigital, download the app on your device, login and enter your library card information and you are ready to go! You check audiobooks out for three weeks and at the end of the loan period they return themselves. 
 The Summer Learning Program runs from now until Saturday August 10. 
Stop by a branch today to pick up your starter materials and get learning! 
Upcoming Events:

Author Visit with Nicole Helget
Thursday, June 27th at 2pm - North Branch
Minnesota author Nicole Helget will be focusing on her book, The End of the Wild. Helget as born in 1976 and grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota. She received her BA and an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. The End of the Wild is also the Teen Book Club book in North Branch for June, allowing teens to read the book and meet the author. The Teen Book Club is being held in North Branch on Monday, June 24th at 5:00pm.
This program is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Lalo's Lunchbox Live!
Lalo's Lunchbox Live! has family friendly sketch comedy, sing-a-longs, and audience participation games. This may sound cheesy, but this show's too "Gouda" to pass up! 
This program is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

These  programs  are sponsored by East Central Regional Library, local Friends of the Library groups, and other local organizations.
Upcoming Closures:
Thursday, July 4th 2019
F eatured New Materials:
Evie Drake Starts Over
by Linda Holmes
In a sleepy seaside town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth "Evvie" Drake rarely leaves her large, painfully empty house nearly a year after her husband's death in a car crash. Everyone in town, even her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and Evvie doesn't correct them.

Meanwhile, in New York City, Dean Tenney, former Major League pitcher and Andy's childhood best friend, is wrestling with what miserable athletes living out their worst nightmares call the "yips": he can't throw straight anymore, and, even worse, he can't figure out why. As the media storm heats up, an invitation from Andy to stay in Maine seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button on Dean's future.

When he moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie's house, the two make a deal: Dean won't ask about Evvie's late husband, and Evvie won't ask about Dean's baseball career. Rules, though, have a funny way of being broken-and what starts as an unexpected friendship soon turns into something more. To move forward, Evvie and Dean will have to reckon with their pasts-the friendships they've damaged, the secrets they've kept-but in life, as in baseball, there's always a chance-up until the last out.

A joyful, hilarious, and hope-filled debut, Evvie Drake Starts Over will have you cheering for the two most unlikely comebacks of the year-and will leave you wanting more from Linda Holmes.

June 2019 Volume 9, Issue 6