Even More Digital Staff Picks For You

This is the third in a series of blogs listing digital resources recommended by Falmouth Public Library staff.  This eclectic list of books, concerts and movies have all been personally enjoyed by library staff – We hope you enjoy them too! 

What You’ll need:
CLAMS card number
  (Don’t have one?  Get a temporary eCard here.)
CLAMS card PIN (Need to set or reset one? Go to falmouthpubliclibrary.org and click on “my account”.)
New to Hoopla?  Here is the help section.
New to Overdrive?   Here are “Getting Started” directions from Overdrive.

Big Tip for Overdrive:  if all of the copies in our CLAMS network are checked out, click on “Partner Libraries” in eensy weensy print at the top of the Overdrive homepage.  Search each network separately.  It’s a little repetitive, we know, but hopefully in the future separate searches won’t be necessary. 
Big Tip for Qello and IndieFlix: These are two platforms offered by RB Digital, along with two other platforms: Great Courses and Acorn TV.  All four platforms share the same log in information and you can be logged in to only one platform at a time.  A log in lasts one week.   When the week is over, you can log in to the same platform again or a new one. 

Hoopla: eBooks & one eAudiobook

The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual by Barbara Pleasant (eBook)
I thought I had a black thumb when it came to plant care, but this excellent book has given me the tools to change that. I have learned how to observe plants carefully and see their responses to my care – rather than simply following a schedule or set of generic instructions. 

I am thoroughly enjoying the learning process and watching my new plants grow.  Two green thumbs up! – Faith

Foraging for Wild Foods by David Squire (eBook)
This ebook is great for using now that it’s springtime. It’s so much fun to get out in nature and search for edible wild plants. So many plants are just starting to sprout up all around us. Foraging guidelines, plant descriptions and possible locations as well as how to use each plant are featured in this ebook. Take it with you on your walks. – AnneMarie

The Herbal Kitchen by Kami McBride (eBook)
This is a great ebook to start learning how to incorporate herbals into your everyday recipes for added health and wellness. Download it onto your computer pick a recipe, buy your herbs or forage for them then and take it to the kitchen and create! – Annemarie

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Perez (both eBook and eAudiobook)
I consider myself a reasonably educated feminist, and this audiobook, read by the author, has kept me enthralled in part because of the quick, smart writing, but also because it has opened my eyes to gender biases so baked in the cake, so a part of “normal” that they had never occurred to me.  Treating men as the default and women as atypical in data collection/research has lead to incredible disparities in healthcare, education, public policy and media presence.  Perez investigates these flawed practices, and gets to a root cause of gender inequality that is both shockingly simple and infuriatingly pervasive.  Meg. K.

OverDrive: eBooks & eAudiobooks

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (both eBook and eAudiobook)
I could not stop reading this book.  The feelings of dread all the way through as you got to know and love at least some of these siblings, the vividness of the settings, the questions it raised – I wanted more.   – Sue

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan (eBook)
is a historical fiction book set in Mexico and California during the Great Depression of the 1930’s.  A middle grade/young adult novel, it has appeal for adults too.  Reminiscent of The Grapes of Wrath, but much gentler, it illustrates the hardships faced by migrant workers and the adjustments required of immigrants.  Written in a lyrical style, Esperanza Rising is a heartwarming tale. – Sandra

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (both eBook & eAudiobook)
Lincoln in the Bardo is a novel unlike anything I’ve read before.  It is set in a graveyard over the course of one night, following the death of Abraham Lincoln’s son Willie. The voices of multiple ghosts narrate their individual stories, as they observe the grief stricken president sitting by his son’s body, unable to part.  The author manages to deliver this tale with humor as well as pathos, and in addition he provides some history of Lincoln’s term in the White House during the Civil War, through quotes from actual as well as fictional sources.  This book is worth picking up.
– Sandra

Qello Concerts

Queen:  Rock Montreal
If you love Queen (does anybody not??), this is an amazing show.  A full 1981 concert, when many would say they were at their peak. And Quello has many more Queen videos, including “Live at the Rainbow” from 1974, “Live at Wembley Stadium” from 1986, an amazing multi-band Freddie Mercury tribute concert, and several documentaries. For hours of Queen-listening bliss! – Sue

J Mascis Live at Spiegeltent Festival
Remember J Mascis? The lead singer/guitarist of Amherst’s own Dinosaur Jr.? Well, the warbly troubadour of the early 1990s alt-rock scene is still at it, only now he’s traded in his feedback-drenched electric guitar for a plug-in acoustic. The songs remain the same, though — vulnerable, heartbreaking, occasionally biting, quintessentially quirky. In fact, most of what he’s playing here are classic Dinosaur Jr. songs, along with a cool cover of Edie Brickell’s ‘Circle’.

Recommended for folks who wondered what Bob Dylan would sound like singing Charlie Brown’s word bubbles.  – Josh


Shoplifters (Hoopla)
It’s exciting to see more films from Asia getting wider distribution, like “Parasite,” this year’s Oscar winner for best picture.  I saw “Shoplifters” a couple of years ago in Boston and I loved it.  It’s the story of a makeshift family gaming the system during Japan’s recession.  It’s funny, heartwarming, realistic, thought-provoking, timely and the characters are memorable.  Everything I want in a movie.  – D.D.

Mrs. Miniver (IndieFlix)
An oldie, but goodie starring Greer Garson and directed by William Wyler. Winner of the Oscar for Best Picture in 1942. Mrs. Miniver is the story of an unassuming British housewife in rural England and how her life is touched by World War II. It’s not a war movie in the sense of lots of action, but the effects of war on individuals and families. Based on the novel by Jan Struther., this one’s on lots of the “100 Best Movies” lists. Available through Indieflix. – D.D.


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