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Audiobooks.  If you haven’t given them a try, then I encourage you to do so. For many of us they are so much more than just books…they are tools.  Tools for multi-tasking.  Tools for language learning and literacy.  Tools for entertainment.  With the summer weather here you may find yourself in one of the following scenarios; let’s take a look at how Audiobooks can be inserted into the equation to make each situation just a bit better.

Situation #1: Summer.  Road Trip Season.  Are we there yet?
The car’s all packed up and the family is hitting the road.  You haven’t even reached the next postal code yet, and the kids are somehow bored already.  Sure, if you have the technology you can throw on a DVD, but that isn’t really fun for the driver now, is it? It also doesn’t do much in terms of encouraging family bonding, which for many, is kind of the point of going on vacation in the first place.  And what’s all this hype about summer learning loss? Why not throw on an Audiobook for the whole family to enjoy together? Afterwards, it will give you more to talk about.
Might We Suggest:
The Mark of Athena (Rick Riordan)
Elijah of Buxton (Christopher Paul Curtis)
Into the Gauntlet – 39 Clues Series (Margaret Peterson Haddix)

Situation #2: I Love Reading. But I Love My Hobbies Too.
In the Winter, finding the time to read seems effortless.  Most of us would rather be doing anything other than spending time in the dark, snowy, frigid outdoors. Curling up by the fire with a great book is just oh so comforting.  When the warm weather is here and outdoor activities take over (walking, gardening, lounging by the pool) – why not throw on a pair of headphones and listen to an audio book? Just because you want to be active doesn’t mean there’s no time for reading – audiobooks are really a multi-taskers dream come true.

Might We Suggest:
The End of Your Life Book Club (Will Schwalbe)
The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
The Natural (Bernard Malamud)

Situation #3: Summer? Ya Right.  It’s All Work And No Play For Me.
You’re not going on vacation.  You have no time for hobbies.  It seems like everybody you know is off work for the summer, and your commute is taking forever because there are cyclists, walkers, and runners everywhere.  Everybody, except for you, is enjoying the outdoors while you are heading to work.  A good laugh would really brighten up your day, but the morning radio shows just aren’t cutting it.  Guess what? Audiobooks can be funny.  They can be suspenseful.  They can be educational. And they have no commercials. They will have you looking forward to your daily ‘book-time’ in the car.
Might We Suggest:
Bossypants (Tina Fey)
Life (Keith Richards)
I’ve Got Your Number (Sophie Kinsella)

With your Windsor Public Library Card you have access to thousands of Audioboooks in a variety of genres (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography, Drama, Romance, Mystery, Thriller, Self-Help, etc).  Many of them can be downloaded to a portable device, burned to a CD, streamed from the web, or borrowed on CD.

Here’s a breakdown of our Audiobook Resources:
Overdrive: E-Audiobooks & Ebooks come in either MP3 or WMA format.  Thousands to choose from.  Many genres.  Adult, Teen, Children.

AudioBookCloud: Online audio library that streams titles for one click listening.  Books are always available – never need to place a hold.  Thousands to choose from.  Multiple genres and age groups.

Ebsco E-Audiobooks: Fiction & Non-Fiction.  Several genres to choose from. Quick and easy access.

Audiobook CDs: Over 3000 Audiobook CDs spread out over the 10 branches of the library.  Selections in all genres and reading levels.  Language learning resources as well.

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