Thanks to the cooperation of dozens of participating Illinois libraries, Media on Demand (powered by Overdrive) is our most robust collection of eBooks and audiobooks accessible to our library card holders at mediaondemand.org or through the Libby App.
Most Overdrive materials are treated like physical items, each copy is able to be borrowed by one person at a time. During closure, we are adding “simultaneous use” items to our Overdrive collection that, as the name implies, allow multiple readers to borrow the same book at the same time. Right now, over 4000 classics from Duke Classics are available with no holds or wait lists!
Here are a few classics (made into recent movies) you might have been meaning to read and a couple suggestions you might never have heard of to keep you engaged during quarantine.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The novel follows the lives of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, from childhood into maturity. The journey is not an easy one, and each is humbled and ultimately uplifted by her encounters with love, society and death. The work is based loosely on Alcott’s experiences growing up with three sisters.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survivial. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again?
Emma by Jane Austen
Emma stands a little apart from Jane Austen’s other novels. It is perhaps the most self-aware, socially critical and ironic of all her works. Her protagonist, Emma Woodhouse, is a beautiful, rich girl who is also spoiled, proud and blinded by her own situation in life. She begins to understand herself and life a little better when her romantic schemes – charitable good works to those around her – become entangled in tensions of class and of the heart.
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
A square, who is a resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, dreams of the one-dimensional Lineland. He attempts to convince the monarch of Lineland of the possibility of another dimension, but the monarch cannot see outside the line. The square is then visited himself by a Sphere from three-dimensional Spaceland, who must show the square Spaceland before he can conceive it. As more dimensions enter the scene, the story’s discussion of fixed thought and the kind of inhuman action which accompanies it intensifies.
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
Readers of every age will delight in this fantastical fairy tale from Charles Kingsley. Tom, a young chimney sweep, comes to a tragically untimely end and is transformed into a mystical creature known as a water baby that resides in a magical sub-aqueous environment. Despite its nineteenth-century vintage, this engrossing fable has important lessons to teach today’s readers.