Under the Radar: Audiobooks with Sound Effects

Getting tired of the same old narration in your audiobooks? Wish your books came with sound effects? Try one of these titles for a brand-new listening adventure:
  • Civil War by Stuart Moore
    Get ready for Marvel’s newest movie by checking out an audio adaptation of the Civil War comic event. How do you make an audiobook of a comic? Think of it as a combination of an audiobook with added narration and a movie with a full cast of actors and lots of sound effects. The final experience is one not to be missed! And if the Avengers aren’t your thing, we have Ms. Marvel as a graphic audio, too!
  • Feed by M.T. Anderson
    This audiobook may actually be better than its print counterpart because it gives the listener the full experience of what it would be like to have the internet in your head-complete with chat messages and pop-up ads. With its many issues of technology and security, this YA novel will easily interest adult readers.
  • Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
    This celebrity memoir is worth listening to for one reason: it’s an audiobook that knows it’s an audiobook. Ellen takes full advantage of the format by making jokes about audiobooks, playing with silences, and even adding in a special audiobook-only chapter of funny animal noises.

By Jez Layman, adult services librarian 

Get Ready to Garden @ IPPL!

Planning your garden? Get the seeds you need from our Seed Library!

Our Seed Library is a collection of seeds that cardholders can check out to plant and grow at home. There is no charge and no obligation to return the seeds. IPPL cardholders can check out two seed packets per visit, and each packet contains enough seeds to grow 3-5 plants.

The Seed Library is located at the entrance to the Kids & Teens Department on the second floor, but seeds are available to cardholders of all ages – and gardening skill levels!

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Help IPPL Win $2,000: Register for the 2016 Darien Dash!

The 16th annual Darien Dash, a 1Mile/5k/10k fundraiser for the Darien Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Sunday, May 15. This year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit one Darien not-for-profit organization and one Darien school. If you plan to register for the event, please consider making the Indian Prairie Public Library your not-for-profit of choice! For more information or to register, visit www.dariendash.com.

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Under the Radar: Great Shows from Europe

Are you finding TV to be a little dull since Downton Abbey ended? Here are some other great shows from Europe. These international mysteries will provide hours of entertainment:

From France: Blood of the Vine has an internationally renowned wine expert and part-time sleuth solving puzzling murders in the vineyards of France. Series 1-3

From Sweden: Irene Huss is a former European ju-jitsu champ, mother of two teenage girls, and a detective with the Violent Crimes Unit in Gothenburg, Sweden. Series 1, 12 episodes

From Denmark: The Eagle features Detective Hallgrim Hallgrimson, an Icelander, leading a team of Danish investigators fighting across-border organized crime in Europe. Series 1-3

By Mary K. Paxson, readers advisory assistant and leader of the Novel Idea book discussion group