Since we’re all currently spending a lot more time inside, here’s a way to be able to still enjoy your favorite books, all from the comfort of your own home. A.K. Smiley Public Library’s eLibrary provides both eBooks and eAudio books, available to our registered borrowers for download to their devices through Overdrive. For more information, visit our website at www.akspl.org and click on eLibrary. You’ll find a lot of options available in both fiction and nonfiction. Here are a few digital titles on my favorite subject, animals.
I grew up around animals. Not only were my days filled with caring for and playing with my furry, feathered, and scaly family, they were my confidants and co-conspirators. Their personalities were as unique and varied as was their species. Ginger, the big red hound who loved to howl at fire engines, Mildred, our sweet long-haired grey and white cat, our Pekin duck and resident court jester who found great enjoyment in chasing us around the backyard, rabbits, lizards and lovebirds inevitably found a place in our home. I hold a very special place in my heart for all the animal family who have graced my presence over the years. Here are some titles celebrating these gentle and beautiful souls.
From debut novelist Mara Wells comes the light read, “Cold Nose, Warm Heart” the first book in the Fur Haven Dog Park series. This cute and funny romance is sure to put a smile on your face. Set in Miami Beach, Riley Carson is building manager of the run-down apartment building named “The Dorothy” where her grandmother currently resides and tells Riley that she owns. All the senior residents and their dogs, including Riley’s poodle LouLou, love gathering in the adjacent lot they use as a dog park. Change may be around the corner though, when Caleb Donovan shows up ordered by his grandfather, who claims he is the owner, to tear down this very same apartment and replace it with new condos. Caleb’s mission is to make sure the place gets turned into a money maker with a huge parking garage right where the “dog park” is now located. Who actually owns the building? It would make sense that Riley and Caleb would be outright enemies, so why does there seem to be a spark of mutual attraction? Available as an eBook, this entertaining book is full of quirky and fun characters, both human and furry.
Listening to titles is another great way to get your “book fix.” Available to download from the Overdrive Library in eAudio format, as well as eBook format is the popular nonfiction read “Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World” by Vicki Myron. When an abandoned kitten is left in the book slot of the Spencer Public Library, no one could have guessed how much this little ball of fur would end up touching their lives. Meet Dewey Readmore Books and learn the charming story of a little ginger cat who made a big impact on a small town.
There are even titles for your kids to enjoy. “A Wolf Called Wander” by Roseanne Perry, available in eAudio format, is about a young wolf cub named Swift that is separated from his wolf pack family after an attack by a rival pack. Based on a true story, this novel follows his thousand mile perilous journey across the Pacific Northwest to find a new home.
If you haven’t checked out our eLibrary yet, now’s the perfect time.