BookWise for Jan. 19 January 22, 2007Posted by mplibrary in weekly BookWise.
Free Audio Books
LibriVox.org is a great project providing free mp3 files of public domain books. LibriVox volunteers read and record fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and dramatic works in the public domain (not under copyright, usually older) and put the audio files on the net. So you can download a short story or novel onto your computer or MP3 player. You will find many classics, children’s books, and even some foreign language titles.
You Jeopardy fans will have noticed in the credits at the end of the program that some material is verified by Oxford University Press. We, too, have access to Oxford Reference Online, a database consisting of over 100 of Oxford University Press’s reference books covering history, science, biography, quotations, social sciences, religion, the arts, law, literature, languages, and even food and drink.
New to the collection:
State of Denial by Bob Woodward
An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Terrorist by John Updike
Rwanda Means the Universe by Louise Mushikiwabo
When Madeline Was Young by Jane Hamilton
Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War by Anthony Shadid
…and many more
What Ten Books Would You Take to a Desert Isle?
Go to the library’s BookWise Blog (twcbookwise.wordpress.com) and list your top ten books you’d want to take with you to a desert island. Find the blog entry entitled “Reading for a Desert Island” and click on “add a comment” or “#comments so far”. Each person who posts a comment can come pick out a library button to put on your book bag or jacket. To see some top ten list examples, visit the Book Lust Wiki: http://booklust.wetpaint.com/page/Desert%2BIsland%2BBooks
Quotation of the Week:
“I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.”
E.M. Forster (1879-1970)