Tuesday, January 16, 2007

New downloadable audio titles

Over 30 new titles are added each month to this fast-growing and popular collection.

Among the most recently available are:

Plain truth by Jodi Picoult
Remember me by Mary Higgins Clark
Cat on the scent by Rita Mae Brown
Club sandwich by Lisa Samson
Trust me by Jayne Ann Krentz
Point to point navigation by Gore Vidal

There's now many more children and teen titles available for downloading, including Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean and Crispin at the edge of the world by Avi.

Also, the entire Bible is now available for listening on e-audio. It's read by many different narrators, in a plain English version.

For more titles added this past month, please check the link to the right under New Titles Added and scroll down to New downloadable audio books

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Brush up your Shakespeare

Washington is celebrating Shakespeare with a six-month festival, featuring his legacy through plays, dance, music, museums, and online discussions.
See the Washington Post Sunday, January 7, 2007 Arts Section for more details.
Also, check out these websites for a list of events and ticket information:

For those who want to explore aspects of Shakespeare in anticipation of attending a performance, or afterwards, the library offers many different ways to become more familiar with Shakespeare's life, work, and enduring fascination to actors, historians, philosophers, and sleuths.

Firstly, the Plays:
The Complete Dramatic Works of Shakespeare on DVD
available at Warrenton and Bealeton branches.
Additionally, there are copies of the plays on VHS as well at both locations.

Secondly, about Shakespeare the writer:
Peter Saccio, a noted lecturer on Shakespeare"s works has several courses available through the Teaching Company, on audio cassette and CD.

Thirdly, about Shakespeare the man:
In Search of Shakespeare" on DVD with Michael Wood and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Over the course of 4 hours, he explores the documentary evidence available to provide an intimate and illuminating portrait of Shakespeare's world.

For more information about individual plays, browse in the call number
822.33 SHA
For his sonnets, see that number plus 821. 3 SHA

If you are doing more academic research, in addition to the many print works in the library's collection, there's also the Bloom's Literary Reference Online an online collection available to any Fauquier County library cardholder, that provides in-depth literary criticism on specific works, by Shakespeare and many other authors.

This is just a small sampling of the many diverse resources available at the library about Shakespeare.