Tip from the Librarian

Do you have a long commute to work? Do you hate cleaning the house knowing you could be reading? Are you just obsessed with books and want to read all day long? Then audiobooks are for YOU!

Rogers Free Library offers two types of audiobooks – books on CD and digital downloads. Listen to CDs in the car, CD player, DVD player, or gaming system. Digital downloads can be played on computers, tablets, MP3 players, and smartphones! Get lost in a world of fantasy while ironing dress shirts! What could be better? For more information visit our catalog(s): catalog.oslri.net and ezone.oslri.net

Staff Review

The Island of Sea Women
By Lisa See
Read by Jennifer Lim

I LOVED this audiobook.  The story is fascinating and the reader is proficient in portraying all the characters.

On the Island of Jeju, south of South Korea, East of China, and West of Japan, lives a unique culture where women dominate – they do dangerous work and the men stay home and take care of the babies and children.

Mi-ja and Young-sook are two friends whose lives are tested by the outside influences from the Japanese colonialism of the 1930’s and 1940s, World War II, the Korean War, and the challenges of our modern world.

The women free-dive in bitterly cold waters wearing only thin white cotton wrapped around their bodies and heads. They carry weighted nets to hold their finds of edible sea creatures.  One diver is almost killed by an octopus and another one drowns while hunting for abalone.

I love a good sense of place, and this book does it.  And if you like historical novels, the unforgiving details of the domination and wars that affected this island are beyond imaginable.

I’m intrigued how Young-sook worked so hard to provide for her family. The haenueo are incredible women who look out for one another and forge lifetime friendships. – Deb

Summer is Coming!

Summer program starts up in July. We have programs for adults, teens and children. Take advantage of those long summer days and read away! Going on vacation and don’t want to lug hardcovers? Borrow an e-reader or tablet from us. The sleek devices fit nicely into your purse or carry-on. Can’t stand the heat? Sit in our air conditioned building and read away. Get lost in the stacks. We don’t mind!

Seriously folks, summer is a great time to fall in love with reading again. Summertime is key for allowing children to read for fun while they are on vacation!  We will provide lots of reading incentives this summer as well as educational programs and events.  Don’t miss it!