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Awesome Audiobooks

by Public Service Associate Owen

Audiobooks are quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to ingest a good book. While nothing quite beats cozying up to your favorite hard cover or thumbing through a paperback, audiobooks really are a great alternative, especially for those who might not have the time to sit down and read. Audiobooks are a great option if you’re traveling, cleaning the house, or otherwise too occupied to read a physical book. Whether you’re planning for a road trip and need some in-car entertainment, or want to listen to a good story while you take a walk (as I am one to do), a good audiobook has you covered! And with Libby, it’s easier than ever to access and borrow thousands of titles right from your phone or other device! I’d like to highlight a few of my favorite audiobooks, as well as others that fellow BPL staff members have recommended, so that you have a good place to start from if you’re interested in getting into the audiobook scene. Happy listening!

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The Torch – Newly Digitized

by Public Service Associate Owen

Bexley Public Library is happy to announce that The Torch digital collection is now live and accessible to the public! The Torch, Bexley High School’s student newspaper, has been a fixture of the high school and of the greater Bexley community for nearly a century. First published in October of 1925, The Torch has since received multiple awards for its excellence in student journalism. And now, thanks to the digitization efforts led by our Local History Librarian David Distelhorst, there are hundreds of early edition copies of The Torch, now accessible to the public, that contain a bounty of fascinating insights into Bexley and its history. I hope to feature some of my personal favorite editions of The Torch from this collection, as well as share a little bit about how The Torch works and how it has affected me in a positive way.

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D.I.Y. Bride

by Public Service Associate Juliana

While writing this blog post I heard Jack White’s voice in my head singing the lyrics from Hotel Yorba: “Let’s get married/ In a big cathedral by a priest/ ‘Cause if I’m the man that you love the most/ You could say, “I do” at least.” The lyrics have repeated over and over as we get deeper into wedding season and all of June’s marriage vibes.

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Armchair Travel: Istanbul

by Public Service Associate Juliana

When I ask myself what I know about Istanbul, my knowledge appears limited to Turkish cuisine. Baklava, hummus, babaganoush, stuffed grape leaves, tabouli, falafel, kebabs. What I know about Istanbul extends about as far as the library parking lot, across the street to Cafe Istanbul. 

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Library Lovers’ Day

by Public Service Associate Hannah

Ah, Valentine’s Day, or as we like to celebrate Library Lovers’ Day! Whether your plans lean romantic or platonic, allow me to share several ways in which Bexley Public Library makes for the perfect valentine.

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Diving in with Libby!

by Technology Librarian Josh

We’re excited Libby is becoming the primary way to enjoy our digital library! While the OverDrive app is being phased out, we believe the award winning Libby app will be a better reading experience for all of our patrons. Libby is the way to check out our growing catalog of millions of eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines. With Libby, you can check out indie authors all the way to James Patterson, books from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Harry Potter, and magazines from Us Weekly to Cooks Illustrated. There really is something for everyone!

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Adaptations of Shakespeare

By Public Service Associate Luke

Recently I watched The King, starring Timothee Chalamet and Joel Edgerton, a movie based on the Henriad group of plays written by William Shakespeare. These plays are the retellings of the historical events surrounding the English Kings Henry VI and his son Henry V, and the movie was a fantastic success in adapting those plays for a modern audience. 

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Sold!

by Public Service Associate Hannah

This housing market is CRAZY! According to the online real estate marketplace company Zillow, homes for sale in Columbus are moving more quickly than any other major city. So if you too are wading into the world of buying or selling and want to have a stronger standing, remember there are helpful materials available on the library’s physical and digital shelves!

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Back to School Resources

by Youth Service Associate Michelle

Welcome back to school, Bexley! It’s that time of year again. Students and teachers are back in the classroom, homeschooling, or attending school online. Whatever form school takes for your family this year, BPL is invested in making sure you have access to resources that will help you along the way.

BPL’s Education Station is an online collection of links to resources for students, educators, and families. Find information on BPL services such as library cards and digital downloads, curated collections of educational websites, access to online research databases, and additional services for teachers.

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Tails & Tales

by Adult Services Library Associate Nichole

This year’s Summer Community Read theme is Tails & Tales! Over the summer, you’ll be able to enjoy virtual programs like Voices From The Ape House with author Beth Armstrong, Eating Plants: The Philosophy and Practice of Veganism, and many more. 

While we have many excellent virtual programs to attend, I’d like to highlight a few animal advocacy groups to get you thinking about what you can do to help our friends in need.