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Need a reading recommendation? Join the Augusta County Librarians as they read the first chapter of some of their favorite books from a variety of different genres including middle grade and YA!

First Chapter Fridays with ACL Augusta County Library

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Need a reading recommendation? Join the Augusta County Librarians as they read the first chapter of some of their favorite books from a variety of different genres including middle grade and YA!

    Ep. 13 Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

    Ep. 13 Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

    This week’s first chapter for adult listeners is Born a Crime: Stories from an Authentic South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. 

    This memoir documents Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to stand up comedy to eventually taking over as host of Comedy Central’s the Daily Show. Candid, reflective, and smart, Noah’s stories feature everything from high school heartbreak to a botched kidnapping to his mother’s unwavering determination. You can find Born a Crime on CD, in print, and as an eBook. 

    This episode was read by Churchville Library branch manager Ali McCue. Born a Crime was written by Trevor Noah and published by Spiegul & Grau, an imprint of Random House, division of Penguin Random House, LLC.

    Thanks for listening!

    • 10 min
    Ep. 12: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

    Ep. 12: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

    For adult listeners this week. we're reading The Rosie Project by Australian author Graeme Simsion. 

    In this lighthearted romantic comedy, socially challenged genetics professor Don Tillman concocts a thorough, scientifically sound method for finding himself a wife. Then, he meets Rosie, who defies all logic and throws everything laughably on its head. This chapter does feature adult language and content.

    Find yourself a copy here!

    This week's First Chapter Fridays was read by Churchville Library Branch Manager Ali. The Rosie Project was written by Graeme Simsion and published by Simon & Schuster. 

    Thanks for listening!

    • 14 min
    Jackaby by William Ritter

    Jackaby by William Ritter

    This week we are featuring Jackaby by William Ritter.  The 1st book in an exciting YA supernatural detective series.  A serial killer is on the loose in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892. Abigail Rook, a newly hired assistant, helps R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained. The police are convinced it's an ordinary villain, but Jackaby--who has the ability to see supernatural beings--is convinced that the foul deeds are the work of a supernatural creature.

    Jackaby is available in print and audiobook formats at your local library.  This episode of First Chapter Fridays was recorded by Adult Services Librarian Rachael.  Jackaby was written by William Ritter and published by Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

    • 14 min
    I Can Make This Promise

    I Can Make This Promise

    For our middle-grade pick this week, we have chosen a title by a Native author in celebration of National Native American Heritage Month.

    In her debut middle grade novel I Can Make This Promise—inspired by her family’s history—Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family’s secrets—and finds her own Native American identity.

    Pick up your copy here! 

    This episode of First Chapter Fridays with ACL was recorded by Youth Services Librarian Hailee. I Can Make This Promise was written by Christine Day and published by Harper Collins.

    Thanks for listening!

    • 14 min
    Halloween Special

    Halloween Special

    To celebrate Halloween, Youth Services Librarian Hailee and Library Aide Vicki will be reading from three spooky short story collections! 

    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was written by Alvin Schwarts and published by Harper Collins. 

    Through the Woods was written and illustrated by Emily Carrol and published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster children’s Publishing Division. Both stories were read by youth services librarian Hailee.

    Ghosty: A Collection of Ghost Stories was edited, illustrated, and introduced by Audrey Niffenegger. It was published by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., and was read for you today by Library Aide Vicki.

    Tune in next week for a fun, middle-grade ghost story that is CoCo meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters.

    • 15 min
    The Devil in the White City

    The Devil in the White City

    Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the twentieth century. Daniel Hudson Burnham, a renowned architect, was the brilliant director of works for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor, was the satanic murderer of scores of young women in a torture palace built for the purpose near the fairgrounds.

    The Devil in the White City is available in print, on CD, and as an ebook on Libby.

    The Devil in the White City was written by Erik Larson, and published by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

    • 7 min

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