Listen Up! New Audiobooks On Display…

In the car or on the bus, on the treadmill or out for a jog, relaxing on the couch or stuck in front of your computer at work…consider how much faster the time will pass if you’re listening to an audiobook!  Our current display highlights some of our most recent audiobook arrivals – both on CD and in digital Playaway format.

Interested in contemporary fiction?  Check out  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Coral Thief.  Rediscovering literary classics? We just received Cranford and The Pilgrim’s Progress.  Want to tickle your funny bone? Kathy Griffin, Craig Ferguson and David Cross are here for you.  Keeping up with current events?  We’ve got the mortgage meltdown and the miracle on the Hudson covered.  You get the picture – we’ve got something for everyone!

New items are being added daily.  Please stop by and take a look.

‘Tis the Season for Blood, Guts & Ghouls

Is that a chill in the air? Or is it a chill running down your spine from thoughts of Blood, Guts, and Ghouls?!?  The Bentley Library staff has put together a display of books and DVDs that are sure to thrill and spook you this Halloween season.

You can revisit classic gothic works Dracula and Frankenstein. Discover new bloodsucking tomes such as Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series or the Charlaine Harris books that inspired the HBO TV series True Blood. Delve deep into the gothic/horror genre with various literary criticisms and histories on our fascination with what goes bump in the dark.

In the mood for a scary movie? Pick your poison! Our DVD selection ranges from Hitchcock flicks to Halloween. Frights abound with foreign films The Host, The Orphanage and many more.  We also have family favorites including Bedknobs and Broomsticks and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

We hope you’re bewitched by our picks! On display now in the lobby of the library.

Playaway Digital Audiobooks Now Available

Playaways are now available at the Bentley Library!
What is a Playaway? Half the size of a deck of cards and weighing in at two ounces, Playaway is the simplest way to listen to a book on the go!  Each Playaway comes with the digital audiobook already pre-loaded on it and an AAA battery to make it play. Simply plug in your headphones and enjoy. The universal headphone jack also works with most speakers and car adapters.

The Playaway collection currently includes bestselling fiction and non-fiction titles, such as The Road, Devil’s Garden, The Zookeeper’s Wife, and Water for ElephantsClick here to see a full list of our Playaways in the library catalog.  Playaways are currently located in the “New Books” area, along the wall near the Deloitte Café.

2009 Audies Have Been Announced

The Audies – the Oscars of the audiobook industry – are awarded annually by the Audio Publishers Association.  Many of this year’s award-winning titles are available at the library:

AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman; read by Neil Gaiman [check current availability]

FICTION:The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows; read by Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, Juliet Mills [check current availability]

THRILLER/SUSPENSE:Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith; read by Dennis Boutsikaris [check current availability]

NON-FICTION:Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman; read by Oliver Wyman [check current availability]

AUDIOBOOK ADAPTATION: English Majors by Garrison Keillor; read by Garrison Keillor et al. [check current availability]

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR:The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow; read by Erik Singer [check current availability]

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR:When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris; read by David Sedaris [check current availability]

POLITICS: Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman; read by Oliver Wyman [check current availability]

For a full list of the winners and finalists, including reviews and clips, visit