Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fundraiser, Sign-Up, and Good Listening

Library Fundraiser-Buy a Ticket for a Chance to Win This Gorgeous Quilt, tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and all proceeds benefit the library. This gorgeous quilt was handmade and donated by one of our wonderful volunteers, Jeanetta Sanders. Come and take a chance and help us raise money for books!

Did you know that June is National Audiobook Month?  I love audiobooks and I listen to one every day, driving back and forth to Austin. It makes the time go faster in the delightful traffic.  They are also lifesavers for trips, either driving or on a plane. 

We have three different types of audiobooks:  1) on CDs; 2) Playaways (portable pre-loaded MP3 players that weight less than 3 ounces); and MP3-CDs, which you can listen to on your computer, in your car (if your car can play them-older ones generally can't), and even download them to an MP3 player - yep, even an iPod!  For the kids, we have a fantastic selection of read-along kits (a copy of the book and an audio version in an easy-to-carry bag) and a great selection of titles on Tumblebooks.

An audiobook is a great way for a family to share a book on a trip and we have lots of family-friendly titles that everyone can enjoy. I always recommend the Harry Potter Series, read by the fabulous Jim Dale, or the Percy Jackson Series, read by Jesse Berenstein (who some of you may remember from Dawson's Creek), for families to share.  Some of my favorite adult titles are those where the readers have made the author's prose just come alive.  I particularly loved:

  • The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova

  • Canon:  A Whirligig of the Beautiful Basics of Science, by Natalie Angier

  • Natural Born Charmer, by Susan Elizabeth Philips

  • Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell

  • People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks

  • Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley
I might be prejudiced, but I think we have a great variety of both fiction and nonfiction audiobooks.  Here is a list of some of the most recent titles we added to entice those summer trip takers. One last thing to mention, don't forget that there is still time to sign-up for the kids, teen, or adult summer reading program.  Audiobooks are a great because you can count the titles or minutes you listen to them towards your summer reading goal! 

Happy listening!

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