Archives for July 2014

New audiobooks!

Planning a long trip this summer?  Take along the ultimate road companion—audiobooks.  The Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center recently added a selection of newly published award-winning fiction, comedy, science fiction, biography, and more to our audiobooks section located to the east of the Reference Desk.

Browse our latest titles by clicking this link.  Most of our audiobooks are available in audio CD format, but we have a growing number of titles in MP3-CD format, which makes downloading a book to your phone or ipod a breeze.

The titles below represent only a fraction of the books you can take along for your work-outs, road-trips, or just a lounge by the pool-side:

Richard PryorFurious cool : Richard Pryor and the world that made him

Provides a rare glimpse into the life of the outspoken comedic genius whose humble beginnings as the child of a prostitute helped shaped him into one of the most influential and outstanding performers of all time.

Great Gatsby audiobookThe great Gatsby 

James Gatz, a self-educated nobody from North Dakota, amasses a fortune and adopts the persona of Jay Gatsby, an Oxford-educated man about town. His motive? To win back the heart of Daisy, the woman he loved in his youth.  This classic novel is narrated by Hollywood star, Jake Gyllenhaal.

I am Malala

I am Malala: [the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban]

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out.  She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, but her miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey


Pride and Prejudice was only half the story.  The servants at Longbourn estate, only glancingly mentioned in Jane Austen’s classic, take center stage in Jo Baker’s new novel.

The SystemThe system: the glory and scandal of big-time college football

An explosive and revelatory portrait reported from deep behind the scenes of big-time NCAA football: the passion, the thrilling action, and the shocking realities that lie beneath this colossal, multibillion-dollar business.

I suck at girls I suck at girls

Presents a humorous collection of stories about the author’s relationships with the opposite sex told chronologically, from his first kiss to getting engaged.

World War ZWorld War Z

Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time.  Read by an all-star cast including Alan Alda, Mark Hamill, Henry Rollins, John Turturro, Nathan Fillion, Simon Pegg, Bruce Boxleitner, and many others.

You can find these titles and more just across from the Reference Desk.  Have a suggestion for a great audiobook title?  Give us a shout at  


Holiday Hours

To celebrate Independence Day, the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center will be closed Friday, July 4th-Sunday, July 6th.  We will reopen Monday, July 7th, from 7:00 am – 11:00 pm and continue with Summer II hours which can be viewed here.

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend!