The Audiobook Publishers Association is sponsoring a video contest as part of the Get Caught Listening Campaign. 

Someone always has to do a jaunty rap bit it seems…

This one proves a first line can make or break an audiobook.  I recognized only a few.  “It was the best of times…” is not included.  

I like this one but it seemed to be going someplace funnier… 

It’s not exactly on the level of peace in the Middle East–maybe a better comparison would be to the day that George Steinbrenner and Yogi Berra buried the hatchet–but in the book world it’s a big deal.

–Marjorie Kehe in the Christian Science Monitor

over my long week-end, the book world was abuzz with the news that Oprah did indeed pick Franzen’s “Freedom” for her book club.  she explains:

In his latest novel, Jonathan Franzen returns to fiction with a comic and tragic epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the responsibility of privilege. Charting the characters’ mistakes and joys as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever-changing and confusing world, Freedom is an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

we’ll have to presume that an agreement to appear in person for Oprah’s Book Club was prearranged with Franzen.

not to worry, we have 80 more copies on order.

(via Shelf Awareness)

posting by marin

Library Journal’s collection development feature for September is relaxation and meditation.  My hazy memory of the last time I helped a customer try to locate materials on this subject, was that this stuff can be hard to find.

I select media so I was happy to see a small segment devoted to media both CD and DVD.  I’ve submitted a cart for both music for meditation as well as DVD on the topic.  These should  be in the catalog sometime later this month.

Music for meditation

title artist
ALL ONE KRISHNA DAS
CHAKRA HEALING DEAN EVENSON
DAKSHINA DEVA PREMAL
DIVINAURA AEOLIAH
DR. ANDREW WEIL PRESENTS VIBRATIONAL SOUND HEALING KIMBA AREM & ANDREW WEIL, M.D.
ETERNITY DEUTER
HEALING THE HOLY LAND DEAN & DUDLEY EVENSON
INTO LIGHT DEVA PREMAL
IRELAX: LEAVING THE WORKDAY BEHIND VARIOUS ARTISTS
KOYASAN: REIKI SOUND HEALING DEUTER
LOVE SONGS TO THE DARK LORD BHAGAVAN DAS
MANTRAS FOR PRECARIOUS TIMES DEVA PREMAL
MEDITATION MOMENT DEAN & DUDLEY EVENSON
MUSIC FOR BABIES STEVEN HALPERN
MUSIC FOR ZEN MEDITATION RILEY LEE
RELAXATION SUITE STEVEN HALPERN
SHAKUHACHI WATER MEDITATIONS RILEY LEE
ULTIMATE MOST RELAXING NEW AGE PIANO VARIOUS ARTISTS

DVDs to help you unwind

title
ESOVISION – AFRICA
ESOVISION – BIRD SONG
ESOVISION – CANYONS
ESOVISION – CARIBBEAN DREAMS
ESOVISION – CELTIC DREAMS
ESOVISION – DESERT OASIS
ESOVISION – ETERNAL ICE
ESOVISION – FLOWER MEADOW
ESOVISION – LIJIANG RIVER
ESOVISION – MOUNTAIN HIGH
ESOVISION – NIAGARA FALLS
ESOVISION – OUT OF AFRICA
ESOVISION – RAIN FOREST
ESOVISION – SAHARA
ESOVISION – SAND DUNES
ESOVISION – SAVANNA
ESOVISION – THE FOREST
ESOVISION – THE SEA
ESOVISION – WATER MEADOW
ESOVISION – WINTER WONDERLAND

Esovision is the publisher of these videos, so I suspect that when they land in the catalog the titles  will just say “winter wonderland” or “water meadow” making the subject headings important in finding this material.

Watch a little preview of Caribbean Dreams.

posting by jim

Librarians: prepare

July 21, 2010

Linda Holmes of NPR wrote: Why the next big pop-culture wave after cupcakes might be libraries in the blog Monkey See.  She shares many great videos about libraries found on the web:

Old spice guy on Libraries:

Holmes writes that Libraries are getting a lot of exposure right now.  Why?  Some of her examples:

  • Librarians know stuff
  • Librarians are green and local
  • Libraries will give you things for free

(M)ark my words, once you’ve got Old Spicy on your side and you can sell a couple of YouTube parodies in a couple of months, you’re standing on the edge of your pop-culture moment. Librarians: prepare.

posting by Lorraine

Sawyer reading Lancelot (with credit to ABC TV)

in a good book.  i may have given up on the show (i stopped watching this year, despite enduring season 2), but i can certainly appreciate the nod to literature.  as fans of the show know, “Lost” is full of books which has sparked speculation on the meaning of the particular books chosen, as well as book clubs.  executive producers and writers for the show, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, self-identify as readers.  Lindelof explains:

We pick the books with a great deal of meticulous thought and specificity and talk about what the thematic implications of picking a certain book are, why we’re using it in the scene and what we want the audience to deduce from that choice.

“The Stand” had a heavy influence on beginning episodes.  some of the titles that impacted or were referenced on the show include “Watership Down,” “The Odyssey,” “Catch 22,” “The Fountainhead,” “Alice in Wonderland,”
and “A Wrinkle in Time” to name a few.  the unofficial count is more than 70 books over the 6 seasons.  there is a lot of time on the island to read.

(via Shelf Awareness)

posting by marin

the students at Ocoee Middle School, with the help of Full Sail University, created a flash mob interpretation of the Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” called “Gotta Keep Reading.”  it caught the attention of Oprah – the Black Eyed Peas did a flash mob performance of their song to kick-off this season of The Oprah Show.

Oprah interviewed the students on Friday’s show via satellite and delivered the news that along with the help of a corporate sponsor, the school’s library will receive 2,000 new books and brand new computers.  pretty cool.

(via American Libraries)

posting by marin

The Wrap posted ‘Twilight': The Reality Show? stating that our own Forks, WA (location of the Twilight books) may become the setting of a new reality show.  This project is being considered because of the interest in all things related to Stephenie Meyer’s series.

Possibilities for the structure of the show include focusing on a group of high-school students (the real life Bella!), following one or more families who live in the town or a “Real Housewives” model, in which cameras tag along with several interesting personalities in the town.

The Peninsula Daily News wrote about the turn out for the audition.

The small logging town of Forks has been inundated with Twilight Fans over the last couple of years.  The Forks Forum posted on Dec 30th that the visitor arrival count is up almost 500% at the Forks Chamber of Commerce for 2009.  Both the Forks Forum and the Chamber of Commerce websites have specific links to Twilight related materials.  Check them out.

If you want Twilight memorabilia see Dazzled by Twilight where you can shop online or at the two locations (Forks and Port Angeles). 

My inlaws live near Forks and I have watched the Twilight phenomenom grow in the area.  Some of my favorite places to find different (locally made) Twilight gifts or “Bella Blend” coffee is the Forks Thriftway and the Chinook Pharmace & Variety.

via Shelf Awareness

posting by Lorraine

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