Patrons are invited to download the critically acclaimed e-book Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates through Overdrive, our provider for e-books and audio books. There are no holds on the book as Overdrive is making multiple copies available and guarantees that anyone who wants to read this inspirational book will have access to it.
Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title during the program dates, creating a virtual, global eBook club. Interested patrons will be able borrow Shakespeare Saved My Life using a valid library card, and read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® [U.S. Libraries] without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and best of all, there are no late fees!
The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and more to libraries, and Sourcebooks, publisher of Laura Bates’ autobiography. To borrow the eBook version of Shakespeare Saved My Life as part of Big Library Read, patrons can visit [http://lion.lib.overdrive.com/B8791AAF-84D6-4655-A542-385BBB2CDBC8/10/50/en/ContentDetails.htm?id=8d81d51e-38fc-4a84-913c-11848d716ccd].
About the book
Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars.
Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years—a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life.
About the author
Laura Bates has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Comparative Literature, with a focus on Shakespeare studies. She is Professor of English at Indiana State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Shakespeare. For more than twenty-five years she has also taught in prison. She created the world’s first Shakespeare program in supermax—the long-term solitary confinement unit. Her work has been featured in local and national media, including two segments on MSNBC-TV’s Lock Up. She is the author of “Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard” (Sourcebooks, 2013).
As of January 7, 2014 Bethany residents may enjoy the benefits of being part of the LION/Libraries Online Consortium. Benefits are plentiful for all patrons. Patrons may begin to download digital items using Overdrive and Zinio. Overdrive gives readers access to electronic and audio books. It works with over 200 types of devices ranging from personal computers to tablets to e-readers to smart phones. Zinio is a portal to 180 magazines which can be downloaded to most electronic devices. When you begin to use both services, you will need to download the Overdrive or Zinio software to your reading device.
More choices and more possibilities for reading become available to Bethany residents simply by using the LION wide catalog. Let’s say a book or a movie you really want to borrow is not available at Clark but is at Woodbridge Town Library. Instead of having to drive to Woodbridge to checkout and pickup the book, you can order it from the catalog to come to Bethany and check it out at Bethany. And, fans of Amazon, that’s for free!
If you already have a library card at Clark, your card is automatically part of the LION system. You will not have to go into another LION library to register your card. Do register your card through the LION catalog in order to set your home library and enter your email.
Here is an alphabetical listing of all our fellow LION libraries:
James Blackstone (Branford)
Durham Public Library
East Lyme, East Lyme High School
Essex Library Association
Guilford Free Library
Brainerd Memorial (Haddam)
Rathbun Free Memorial (East Haddam)
Ledyard Libraries – Gales Ferry
F.C. Scranton Memorial
Meriden Public Library
Russell Library (Middletown)
Public Library of New London
Mitchell College Library
North Branford Libraries – Atwater and Smith
North Haven Memorial
Otis Library (Norwich)
Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes
Acton Public Library (Old Saybrook)
Willougby Wallace Library (Stony Creek)
Wallingford Public Library
Westbrook Public Library
West Haven Public Library – Piantino and Mason Branches
Woodbridge Town Library.