Multimedia Staff Picks

new staff picks blog banner

Emily’s Picks

Libby Audiobook: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
castle movingYou won’t be able to put this breezy, lighthearted, and hilarious fantasy down! It has lots of humor and heart, memorable characters and dialogue, and a perfect happily (or scrappily!) ever after. Plain but spunky Sophie is transformed by a curse into an old woman, and must enlist the help of the cowardly, wizard Howl. They butt heads, and bicker constantly, but there is a spark between them that Sophie can’t seem to extinguish. And Howl may need her help to break a curse of his own…

CD: The First Band on the Moon by The Cardigans
Probably best remembered for its one hit, “Lovefool,” this album boasts a dreamy, psychedelic sound that feels more likeFirstBandOnTheMoon a product of the 70s than of 1996. It’s fun and funky, and easy to listen to over and over. Standout tracks include “Your New Cuckoo,” “Step On Me,” and the band’s very groovy cover of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.”

 

Jessie’s Picks

DVD: Soul
soulPixar once again successfully tackles a big, heavy topic with humor and heart.  Soul is about a Middle School music teacher/Jazz pianist and an unborn soul that grapple with finding purpose and living life fully.  This movie is a must-watch for fans of Up or Inside Out.

CD: Complete Greatest Hits by The Carscar greatest hits
This is a good collection of this New Wave band’s hits.  It includes one of my favorites, “Moving  in Stereo,” which is not included on some of their other greatest hits compilations since it was not released as a single.

 

John’s Picks

DVD: How the States Got Their Shapes
how the states gotEver wonder why Pennsylvania and Delaware share a rounded border?  Or what about all those perfectly square states out west? And why the heck is Rhode Island so tiny?  If these questions interest you, then this History Channel series is perfect for you! It’s a super interesting show that explores why each state in the USA looks the way it does. Combining history, geography, and culture—host  Brian Unger uncovers the stories behind the familiar shapes on our modern American map.

CD: Game of Thrones Season Eight: Music from the HBO Seriesgame of thrones s8 music
Revisit Westeros through the soundtrack to the final season of HBO’s legendary series—Game of  Thrones. Season 8 was when so many storylines we’ve been anticipating finally wrapped up, and these were the songs accompanying the hype.  “Jenny of Oldstones,” “The Last of the Starks,” and “The Night King” may leave you with goosebumps.

 

Kim’s Picks

DVD: The Railway Children
railway childrenBased on Edith’s Nesbit’s 1906 novel of the same name, this 1970 film is a charming and episodic (in the most complimentary way) tale of the numerous childhood adventures of the Waterburys, trying to make due in Yorkshire after the father is falsely accused of spying and imprisoned.

Libby Audiobook: Middlemarch by George Eliotmiddlemarch
This is sometimes considered the greatest novel (1871) in English.  Eliot, nom de plume for Mary Ann Evans, describes life in a 19th century English town on the verge of modernity.  She draws masterful life-like portraits of all its denizens, from bankers and physicians to clerics and politicians, from farmers and auctioneers to stay-at-home biddies and young women waking up to potentialities.

 

Mary’s Picks

DVD: Once Upon a Time
once upon a time s1All the classic fairytales in one place with a new twist. Enchanting and fun to watch for any fan of fantasy and fairytales. Makes for a great girls night; I used to watch this every Sunday in the fall and winter with my roommates and we loved it.

Audiobook: When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pinkwhen perfect timing
An interesting read that can help you plan when to make important decisions in life. Timing  really is everything. Includes such topics as circadian rhythms, time of year, beginnings, endings, motivation, restorative breaks, and group behavior. Will make you look at things you’ve done in the past and things you’d like to do in the future in a different way.


Stephanie’s Picks

DVD: The Hate U Give
hate u give“Starr Carter navigates the perilous waters between her poor, black neighborhood and her prestigious, mainly white private school. This all changes when she finds herself in the middle of racial activism after her best friend is shot by police officers, and she’s forced to make a decision. Allow the media to skewer her friend to protect the status quo, or stand up and tell the truth in memory of Khalil?”

CD: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank by Modest Mouse
After topping the charts with hits off the album Good News for People Who Love Bad News, Wewe were dead Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank brings more of a mainstream vibe without losing any authenticity.



To view our past staff picks, go to cclsmultimedia.wordpress.com. All quoted summaries are from catalog.ccls.org.

For lazy afternoons: Summer Vibes collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks

Have you seen our Summer Vibes collection of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks? They are perfect for lazy summer reading. Here are just a few that are ready for you!


Summer with My Sisters by Holly Chamberlin – eBook

Bestselling author Holly Chamberlin’s heartfelt novel, set in a beautiful Maine beach town, tells of three sisters–and one summer filled with revelations…


Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank – eAudiobook

New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank returns to her magical Lowcountry of South Carolina in this bewitching story of marriage, love, family, and friendship that is infused with her warm and engaging earthy humor and generous heart.


Sunshine Beach by Wendy Wax – eBook

By the USA Today bestselling author of The House on Mermaid Point, three women join forces to bring a historic seaside hotel back to life. There’s nothing that a fresh coat of paint and a few glasses of wine can’t fix….


Looking for other summer reads? View our Summer Vibes collection here.

Librarian Likes – hand-picked by our staff

Our staff likes reading as much as you do and we want to share our favorites with you. Our Librarian Likes collection on OverDrive is made up of books liked by Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch employees. The collection automatically sorts to show titles that are available now first.

These three titles are highlighted in Librarian Likes and are currently available for digital check-out in both eBook and eAudiobook formats. You’re only a few clicks away from your next download!

The Lost Man
by Jane Harper

Two brothers meet in the remote Australian outback when the third brother is found dead, in this stunning new standalone novel from NEW YORK TIMES bestseller Jane Harper. A powerful and brutal story of suspense set against a formidable landscape, The Lost Man confirms Jane Harper, author of The Dry and Force of Nature, is one of the best new voices in writing today.

Available now in eBook and eAudiobook formats.
eBook: https://chester.overdrive.com/media/4187772?cid=79748
eAudiobook: https://chester.overdrive.com/media/3980800?cid=79748

 

The Summer Before the War
by Helen Simonson

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal . . . a delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery and the everybody-knows-everybody complications of living in a small community.”—The Washington Post

The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set.

Available now in eBook and eAudiobook formats.
eBook: https://chester.overdrive.com/media/2381601?cid=79748
eAudiobook: https://chester.overdrive.com/media/2249012?cid=79748

 

The Swans of Fifth Avenue
by Melanie Benjamin

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.

Available now in eBook and eAudiobook formats.
eBook: https://chester.overdrive.com/media/2306879?cid=79748
eAudiobook: https://chester.overdrive.com/media/2201620?cid=79748

Be sure to check our Librarian Likes collection regularly for other recommeded titles.

What are some of your favorite reads and listens?