At the Library: Audiobooks can be a good summer fling

At the Library: Audiobooks can be a good summer fling


This summer I decided to go for a change of pace and listen to fiction books on my commute to work. I’ve always had the habit of choosing non-fiction. The thinking is that even if it’s not something I would necessarily sit down and read (or understand), through osmosis, some of the information would stick. I’m pretty good at trivia, so it must work, right? Fortunately through the library, you can get books on CD, and downloadable books are available through eZone (

“Mistress of the Art of Death” by Ariana Franklin is full of period detail and completely engrossing. The narrator, Rosalyn Landor, did a fabulous job bringing the characters to life, which is so important in audiobooks. The story is set in medieval Cambridge, England. Adelia, a female forensics expert, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders that has wrongly implicated the Jewish population. Best of all, there are three other books in the series.

“Cuckoos Calling,” written by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), and narrated by the entertaining Robert Glenister, follows Cormoran Strike, who is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, has just broken up with his girlfriend, and is living in his office. John Bristow walks through his door wanting Strike to investigate the death of his sister, who fell to her death a few months earlier. The characters are interesting, and the story is very engaging.

Lastly, if you’ve been having issues using Overdrive to download books and audiobooks to your smartphone, you may want to try Libby, a free app created by Overdrive. While it lacks some of the features of the classic Overdrive app, my colleague and I found it to be very intuitive and more user-friendly than the Overdrive app. What’s best about being able to download free books from e-Zone? Items are returned automatically after 21 days, so no late fees!

Top-requested books

1. “Camino Island” by John Grisham

2. “The Identicals” by Elin Hilderbrand

3. “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins

4. “The Late Show” by Michael Connelly

5. “Y is for Yesterday” by Sue Grafton

6. “House of Spies” by Daniel Silva

7. “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child

8. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles

9. “Glass Houses” by Louise Penny

10. “The Lying Game” by Ruth Ware

Top-requested movies

1. “Going in Style”

2. “The Zookeeper’s Wife”

3. “The Boss Baby”

4. “Snatched”

5. “The Circle”

6. “Gifted”

7. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

8. “Kong: Skull Island”

9. “Ghost in the Shell”

10. “The Lost City of Z”

Top billing

For all ages

MONDAY — 10-11 a.m., Toddler Music (Birth to 5) – Join us for some toe-tapping fun during this interactive musical program for children and parents; 1-4:15 p.m., The Great American Solar Eclipse Viewing – This children’s program is an amazing and educational opportunity to view the eclipse! Prior to the “show”, kids will learn about eclipses and how to safely view them, and enjoy a craft project; 6-7 p.m., Steps for Improving Your Quality of Life – This free presentation will focus on how health coaching can help you improve your life, from your relationships to your career!

TUESDAY — 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit & Crochet Club – Bring your project, work on a project with others, or swap yarn and ideas with fellow yarnies; 6-7:30 p.m., Word Basics 1: Word Processing – This free workshop will introduce you to Microsoft Word, covering many of the basic tools; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – Join us in the Terrace Room to relax and work on your mindfulness with like-minded individuals! All ages and experience levels are welcome.

WEDNESDAY — 10-11 a.m., Animation Nation for Ages 8-12 (FULL) – Kids and tweens will learn different animation methods, and create stop-motion films; 5-7 p.m., Treasures Through Time: Special Collections Exhibit – As part of our 125th Anniversary celebration, we would like to invite you to join us in the Hoxie Gallery for the opening of our Treasures Through Time Exhibit! See rare and fascinating items from our special collections, including the Velocipede, the Stillman Clock that was recently displayed at Yale, and original pictures and documents from Westerly’s past. This exhibit will run until November 25th; 4-6 p.m., Animation Nation Club Version 2.0 (Ages 13-17) – Young adults will learn how to create original stop-action films.

THURSDAY — 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Mother’s Group – Enjoy some downtime with other moms while your little ones socialize and play; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome. Chess sets and roll up boards will be provided; 6-7:30 p.m., Word Basics 2: Page Setup and Formatting – Become more familiar with Microsoft Word, and learn the basics of formatting your document.

FRIDAY — Beat the Heat: Family Movie Afternoon ft. The Boss Baby – Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the auditorium, for a free showing of the new movie The Boss Baby, starring Alec Baldwin.

SATURDAY — 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Master Gardner Kiosk and Soil Test - URI Master Gardeners will answer your gardening questions, test your soil sample, and provide suggestions for improvement; 10-11:30 a.m., Native Gardens of Wilcox Park – Meet at the fountain for a 90-minute guided walking tour of the park, and learn about the native gardens and plants; 2-3:30 p.m., Green Saturdays: Mystic Aquarium – Join us for this wonderful presentation, and learn a bit about what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Mystic Aquarium, as well as their conservation work; 6-10 p.m., Movies in the Park – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Grab your blankets and lawn chairs (and family!) and enjoy a showing of this 2016 space opera!

Caroline Badowski is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.

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