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May 20, 2010

Audio Books

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Now that the weather is (finally!) warmer, it can be a challenge to find time to read when there are so many choices of things to do outside–gardening, lawn mowing, dog walking, attending sports games, traveling.

One way to increase reading time is with books in audio formats. Some people say that they find it difficult to listen to a book; that it is too easy to become distracted and lose one’s place. The good news is that every type of listening device has a rewind option! Like any other skill, it takes practice, but learning to attend to audiobooks is a great way to expand your reading options.

One of the advantages of audio formats is portability. With headphones or speakers you can listen to a book while engaging in almost any activity–and if the book is good, you might be motivated to continue gardening or walking or running longer than ordinarily might!

Listening to books is a great way to stay entertained on long road trips. It’s easy to find a book that will keep the whole family engaged and entertained.

Audios are a great way to learn a new language or refresh existing skills.

On some level, we all enjoy listening to stories. A good narrator can make listening to a book a great experience, and often adds to the story with the use of regional accents or dramatic emphasis.

The library has books in a variety of audio formats. The majority of our books are on CD and cassettes and which can be played on portable, car or home stereo players. We also have some books on Playaways, small mp3 devices (about the size of a small cell phone) that holds one book. You can listen to the book with headphones or by attaching it to speakers for mp3 players. Many newer cars allow you to play an mp3 through the car stereo–you can also purchase adapters to let you use your car CD or cassette player. Playaways are very portable and easy to use without needing to know how to download books. For more information, visit: www. playaway.com

To find books are available in Playaway format, visit http://www.midyork.org and search the catalog using the key word “playaway”.

If you already use an mp3 player or Ipod, you can also download books directly to your device using the MYaudio2go database, also available at http://www.midyork.org. Select the MYaudio2go box on the left side of the screen. You can log in using your library card number and pin (usually the last four digits of your phone number) and browse the selection of books available. After a one-time download of the software to your computer (fast and easy, you can check out books, download them to your computer and transfer them to your player. Once you have listened to the book, you can delete it from your player.

Recommended audio books:

Children/Family Titles

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pierson
The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Holes by Louis Sachar

Adult Titles

The No.1 Detective Agency series by JK Rowling
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer
The Green Mile by Stephen King
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Plan B by Anne Lamott
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Blessed Are the Cheesemakers by Sara-Kate Lynch
The ScrewTape Letters by C.S. Lewis

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