Let the Games Begin

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The Opening Ceremonies for the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro are just ten days away. Are you ready? Stock up at the library with these books:

If your TV screens aren’t tied up by Olympic events, get in the game with “Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Summer Games” on Nintendo 3DS. Can’t get your hands on the popular 2016 movie “Race,” about Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic triumph? Watch a different track star in the 2002 movie “Prefontaine,” or try the History Channel’s documentary “The First Olympics.”

For the latest news on athletes from all over the world, check Library PressDisplay for full-color editions of newspapers published in their hometown!

Meanwhile, Explora offers Olympics reading from a plethora of publications right here in the U.S., including Marie Claire, Esquire, Golf Digest, Ebony, Adweek, Popular Mechanics, Swimming World, Practical Horseman, and Time for Kids. For best results, enter the following search term as the subject: OLYMPIC Games (31st : 2016 : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). You can also read digital editions of “Sports Illustrated” and “Sports Illustrated Kids” using Flipster.

Inspired by the TV coverage to plan a trip to Rio? Pronunciator, the library’s online language learning program, can get you started with basic Portuguese. Closer to home, Encyclopedia Britannica can help you prepare for an Olympics trivia night with its article listing every modern Summer Games with their dates, locations, notable winners, and images.

Bonus: Library PressDisplay, Pronunciator, and Encyclopedia Britannica are all online resources that count towards your Read for the Win challenge. Stop by and tell us what you searched for and what you found, and we’ll give you a summer reading raffle ticket! It’s almost as good as a gold medal…