FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: More new audiobooks available
Although the shelves are already overflowing, the Truckee Library continues to add to its audiobook collection for adult readers. Books on tape can change a long car trip from impossibly boring to an engrossing and entertaining road adventure.
Among the latest additions to the tape collection are two books by Ken Follett, master of detail and split-second suspense. In “Pillars of the Earth,” Follett reaches beyond the tales we expect from him to 12th century feudal England. At the center of the drama is the creation of a cathedral, and around this Follett weaves a story of betrayal, revenge, and love. David Case reads this tale on nine 90-minute tapes. “A Place Called Freedom,” also by Follett, is set in 18th century Scotland, where powerful and cruel landlords rule the coal fields. This is the story of one man who rises from the oppressed masses to challenge the system. Sean Barrett, an actor since age 12 for BBC, television, film and radio, reads on ten 90-minute tapes.
Stephen King’s “The Green Mile” is set in Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the home of the convicted killers on E Block. Each awaits his turn to “walk the Green Mile.” John Coffey, with the mind of a child in the body of a giant, has been condemned for a terrifying crime, and arrives to take up residence on E Block. The chilling tale is read by Frank Muller on 10 cassettes, for a total of approximately 14 hours.
A searing tale of love, hate, and science spinning rapidly out of control, “A Slow Burning” by Stanley Pottinger becomes 20 1/2 hours of listening as read by television actor Richard Ferrone. Cush Walker is a brain surgeon in New York, working on a controversial new medical procedure to eradicate the kind of hatred that led to his father’s lynching by the KKK. This kaleidoscopic thriller is marvelously complex, and charged with emotional impact and resounding ethical questions.
Pat Barker is one of Britain’s most powerful contemporary novelists. Her book, “Another World,” is an eerie story about a troubled family in the north of England, and is brought to life in a mesmerizing 7 1/2-hour reading by Steven Crossly.
The library has added non-fiction audiobooks as well as fiction titles. It takes a person of great courage such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama to face these times and say there is hope. “Ethics for the New Millennium” is an argument for human goodness, and a call for a spiritual, ethical revolution from the Nobel Laureate and author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Art of Happiness.” B.D. Wong reads the Dalai Lama’s latest book on three hours of tape.
“Living the 7 Habits: Stories of Courage and Inspiration” by Stephen R. Covey captures the essence of peoples’ real-life experiences in which they apply Covey’s principles (from his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”) to help them solve their problems and overcome challenges. Six hours.
These are only a sampling of the latest additions to the books-on-tape collection. For the complete picture, come in and see for yourself.
Theater at the Library
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 -18, 8 p.m.
Local theater group K.I.T.U.S. will perform “The Drunken Garden” for all ages. Tickets are $8 adults, $3 seniors and under 12, available at the library.
Special programs for Children:
“Between the Lions,” Oct. 3 – Nov. 21 (Tuesdays), 4 p.m. at the Library, for ages 4-7
Regular Childrens Programs
Saturday Morning Storytelling, for ages 3 to 7
Saturdays, 10:30 at the Library with Mrs. Fix from Church of the Mountains Preschool
Multi-Cultural Storytime for ages 3 to 5
Fridays, 10:30 at the Library
Toddlertime for ages 3 and under
Tuesdays, 10:30 at the Library
Third Thursday Evenings of Fun
Third Thursday of each month, beginning in September, 7 p.m. at the Library, for ages 3-6
Now on display at the Library:
– Art above the fireplace by Lee Ann Masuret.
– In the display case: April Shepherd’s salt and pepper shakers; Dave Borgmeyer’s antiques
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