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Two Delightful Digital Audiobook Mysteries narrated by Johanna Parker: Brownies & Broomsticks and Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries

11 May

Recently I enjoyed two fun mysteries narrated by the always enjoyable Johanna Parker who has a soothing voice with just a little twang and spunkiness added to it for her Southern protagonists.  Johanna Parker has won both an AudioFile Earphones Award and an Audie Award for her narrations.  Her most notable narration has been Sookie Stackhouse from Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries.

Brownies & Broomsticks
by Bailey Cates
Brownie & Broomsticks is the first of the Magical Bakery Mystery series.  Katie Lightfoot leaves her job in Ohio to open a new bakery in Savannah with her aunt and uncle.  If you love baking too, there are instructions at the beginning of the digital audiobook for how to get recipes from the story for Lightfoot’s Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies and Cheddar Sage Scones. But more than just recipes are brewing, Katie learns in the novel not only is her aunt a witch, but she is too!  Add in some potential love interests and if that wasn’t enough drama a customer is murdered and her uncle is the main suspect.  Parker only narrated the first in the series, with the also charming Amy Rubinate narrating the subsequent nine installments. The book is also available in print from BCCLS libraries

Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries
by Tonya Kappes
Part one of Tonya Kappes’s Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery series, Beaches Bungalows, & Burglaries is another enjoyable mystery narrated by Johanna Parker.  Mae West (no, not the Hollywood actress, but the wife of Paul West who was arrested for a Ponzi scheme) has been forced to downsize considerably from her big city NY lifestyle to living in a camper and trying to make a go running a tourist campground in Kentucky.  Things are tough enough with residents blaming her for her husband’s thievery, but then he escapes from jail and turns up dead.  Parker’s fans will be pleased that she narrates all 20 books in the series including the most recent Blossoms, Barbeque, & Blackmail.

Do you love mysteries? Consider joining us for the Hoboken Public Library Mystery Book Club!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services Manager

Don’t Buy Holiday Gifts, Make Them!: Learn How with Craftsy Instructional Video Classes via Hoopla

3 Nov


Now that we are able to venture out a bit further again you might be looking for what you can serve and give for the holidays, but if you don’t have a lot of cash or you simply want to give something that has the added sentiment of being homemade you can get the knowledge and support you need with Craftsy.

With Craftsy, you can learn a new skill, master a hobby, or discover new techniques.  As they say, “Don’t Just Dream It. Make It.” Through a partnership with Hoopla, Craftsy’s dynamic instructional video content is now available to Hoboken Library patrons.  As someone who loves baking I was excited to see videos on everything from fanciful cupcakes to sourdough bread.  I can’t wait to watch the class on croissant making, something my French grandmother would make regularly, but I’m intimidated to try my hand at. 

There are plenty of videos to impress your Thanksgiving guests including a series that will take turkey newbies on the road to becoming roasting masters.  For dessert the Fall Foliage course will give you an adorable cake topper in a few easy steps and Classic Pies Made Easy will give you the knowledge to make the best traditional sweet potato pie or be more adventurous and watch and learn how to make a fanciful meringue creation.

For the December holidays aspiring bakers can check out how to make their own Challah bread for Chanukah or view Holiday Cookies for ideas for creating snowmen, reindeer and Santa!.  It isn’t just the kitchen where Crafty shines you can also take courses on sewing and knitting so you can do everything from make your own tree skirt to making Fair Isle Holiday Ornaments or quilted gifts for your loved ones.

Looking to learn more with instructor lead courses, check out Universal Class, also available to Hoboken Patrons.  Universal Class has computer classes and many other continuing education options, but it is also chockful of crafting, cooking, and other topics that will get your creative juices flowing including topics like painting, candle making, digital photography, pie baking, cookie making, sewing and soap creation under the Arts, Crafts & Hobbies category.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services

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