My public library is just plain awesome. I love it. Nothing beats the library.
Every year, give or take a couple of months, I get a craving to read an old favorite. I’m getting ready to take a road trip to visit the Munchkin at her graduation. I wanted to get something to read on the plane up and the drive back.
An all time favorite is Robin McKinley’s Hero and the Crown. This is one book that I have read and enjoyed every year since I discovered it at the Munchkin’s seventh grade book fair. I especially wanted an e-book for my iPad or audio version for my iPhone.
My library has a couple of different options for ebooks and audio books. You can check out the Kindle or audio version of a book using the OverDrive Media Player app. Audio books are available from Recorded Books on their OneClickDigital app.
The e-book version of Hero and the Crown isn’t available on Overdrive, so I checked the library’s OneClickDigital page. Lo and behold! A Recorded Books audio version was right there, available to check out. The Library is closed today, but that is not a problem. I downloaded the book and started listening on my commute home. Wow!
I mentioned two favorites. This other was a very copacetic find. While browsing the catalog for The Hero and the Crown, another Newberry Medal winner came up in the search results: The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite de Angeli. This book won the Newberry Medal in 1950. The title jingled a bell in my distant memory, so I checked out the Kindle version. I was reading it on my lunch hour and it became more and more familiar.
I read The Door in the Wall when I was in seventh grade. I was volunteering in my middle school library at the time. I became lost in the monastic life portrayed in the early chapters of the book. This book further fueled my love of reading and kindled a longing for the monastic life. I only recently ‘fessed up to this secret desire while sharing in our local small group discussion. I thought it was buried beneath thirty-three dusty years of accounting, but the spark still burns.
Thus ends the story of my two latest finds among the stacks of the digital library system.
What are your favorite reads, and how did you find them?