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Get caught listening!

June is Audiobook month, and on June 6 the winners of the annual Audie Awards were announced.  Often referred to as the “Oscars of spoken word entertainment,” the Audies honor excellence in audiobook narration and production.

The top award–audiobook of the year—went to Bossypants by Tina Fey. The Audie judges commented that “listening to Fey tell the story of her life is like going out for a coffee with an old and funny friend.”

You have two options for listening to this title. You can check out the CD version, or download the title through the Washington Anytime Library powered by Overdrive.

Here’s a complete list of the 2012 winners and nominees. A few of these may already be available in our actual or “virtual” collections, and I’ll be looking at this list when I place my next audiobook order.

Get caught listening! This Summer take books with you–in the car, to the beach, on a hike in the mountains, while you’re gardening. Audiobooks can go everywhere you go.



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Road Trip Resources

Are you planning to spend some time in the car this summer?
If so, let us entertain you.  

We have four sources of audiobooks, both physical and digital. 
Your library card is the ticket to all these resources.

1.  We have CD audiobooks and Playaways to check out here at the library.

2.  OverDrive is an online resource for both audiobooks and e-books.  Download before you go.

3. The One Click Digital site has audiobooks for downloading to your mp3 player or Apple device.

4. If you have an Internet-accessible device in your car, you can stream audiobooks at


Check out this page on our website for more details and direct links to these services.

And drive safe this summer!


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Brush up your computer skills

Want to brush up your computer skills? We’re now offering drop-in computer training sessions.

Tuesdays 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesdays 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Come in for guided training and practice sessions to learn basic computer skills including:

  • creating an email account,
  • navigating the Internet for basic searching and online commerce,
  • learning Microsoft Office programs,
  • searching the library catalog and online references,
  • using social networking sites,
  • managing ebooks & audiobooks.

The sessions are individually paced, and practice time is available on library computers or your own laptop. 

Contact us by email at or call 360-755-0760 if you have questions. Meanwhile, the links on our Learn to Use a Computer page will help you get started. 



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Update: eBooks and Audiobooks

If you’ve been thinking about entering the world of downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks, we’ve pulled together some information to help you make it happen. Check out this info page on the library website.

With your Burlington Public Library card, you’ve got two options:

  1. Washington Anytime Library – Overdrive has both Audiobooks and eBooks, and eBooks can now be downloaded to a Kindle.
  2. OneClickdigital is a new source for downloadable Audiobooks, and the library staff is getting trained on how to use this latest resource.

If you’re thinking about giving an eReader or tablet to someone on your Christmas list (or maybe treating yourself!), the December issue of Consumer Reports has ratings for the various options. Ask at the library info desk for a copy of the article.

Got more questions? Just ask; we’re here to help you enter the new digital age of books.





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And the winner is…

Did you know there are awards for excellence in audiobooks? It’s the equivalent of the Oscars for movies, the Emmys for TV, or the Grammys for music. They’re called “Audies,” and are awarded every year by the Audio Publishers Association (APA).

I just did some checking to see how many of the 2010 winners are available at the Burlington Public Library. Out of the winners in 30 categories, we have 15 titles available for checkout—either as audio CDs or downloadable audiobooks. Not bad for a small library with a limited budget. Here are a few titles of winning audiobooks that we have (and the available format):

The Help by Kathryn Stockett, read by a full cast (CDs and OverDrive downloadable)
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, read by a full cast (OverDrive downloadable)
Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies and Alison Leslie Gold, read by Barbara Rosenblat (Overdrive downloadable)
Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman, read by Michael Prichard (Overdrive downloadable)
Church People: the Lutherans of Lake Wobegon by Garrison Keillor, read by a full cast (CDs)
A Month of Summer by Lisa Wingate, read by Johanna Parker (NetLibrary downloadable)
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, read by Simon Slater (OverDrive downloadable)
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman, read by the author (OverDrive downloadable)

The National Parks by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, read by the authors (CDs and Overdirve downloadable)
Nurtureshock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, read by Po Bronson (OverDrive downloadable)
The Untamed Bride by Stephanie Laurens, read by Simon Prebble (Overdrive downloadable)
Bellwether by Connie Willis, read by Kate reading (Overdrive downloadable)
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams, read by Jenna Lamia (Overdrive downloadable)

Darling Jim: a Novel by Christian Moerk, read by Stephen Hoye and Justine Eyre (Overdrive downloadable)

Check out some of these award-winning audiobooks! If you’re curious, you can visit the APA website to see previous year’s winners.



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Amazing August

It’s mid-August already; both autumn and school are barreling down on us.  While the corn and tomatoes ripen, let’s appreciate August before it’s gone.

August is Audio Book Appreciation Month.   Celebrate by downloading some of our 3,000 titles!

August 10-16 is Elvis Week.  Here’s an amazing website for you: it says, “Of all the requests made each year to the National Archives for reproductions of photographs and documents, one item has been requested more than any other. That item, more requested than the Bill of Rights or even the Constitution of the United States, is the photograph of Elvis Presley and Richard M. Nixon shaking hands on the occasion of Presley’s visit to the White House.”  There is more documentation of this historic occasion that one might expect (or believe), all online for your head-shaking delight.

Meanwhile, check here for the 37 fiction and non-fiction books, CDs, and DVDs we have that involve The King. 

Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday is tomorrow; he was born August 13, 1899.  Honor Mr. Hitchcock by scaring yourself silly with some of these materialsBwahaha.

And finally, August is Happiness Happens Month We sincerely hope it happens to you.  If you need help reading about happiness–or searching for it– come on by your library.  We’ll do our best to help you find it.
            –Mary Beth




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Heard any good books lately?

Now that summer’s here (or soon will be) our lives should be taking on a slower pace, right?  I don’t know about you, but that’s not happening for me. But I’ve managed to find a new way to make time for one of my favorite pastimes: reading! 

I asked for an iPod for Christmas (my kids got me a purple one), and I’ve been downloading audiobooks from the library’s new database: NetLibrary. NetLibrary has over 3,000 audiobooks, with choices from current suspense and romance to children’s classics; something for just about everyone.

Now when I take my daily walks I can “read” a book at the same time. That’s a winning combination—I can listen to a good book, while I’m doing something that’s good for me.

I ventured outside my normal reading range by choosing Dead Until Dark, by Charlaine Harris – a vampire book!  Who knew blood-sucking vampires could be so fun?

The NetLibrary process starts at your library where you set up an account on the NetLibrary website. Then you can download books from any computer with internet access. So come on in and get started–it’s a new, free service at your local public library.

To find out more about NetLibrary click on "Download Media" under Quick Links on our library homepage.

And if you’re participating in the adult summer reading program (see post below), which starts Monday, you can write reviews of your audiobooks too!


PS Do you ever read in the bathtub to unwind at night? With downloadable audiobooks you don’t have to worry about dropping the book in the water–that’s a big plus!


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We’re thriving @ your library

Sunday and Monday were gorgeous.  Are you convinced spring is here?   If dreams of your garden are keeping you up nights, check out the display table by our New Book shelves: it’s covered with books on gardening.  Ideas, design, layout, how-tos of all kinds: come get inspired!

And if you’re the type of gardener who wants to listen to a book while you work, don’t forget that we just bought 3,000 invisible books… downloadable audiobooks, available to you 24/7 off our website.  Come in and get we’ll help you get your account set up.

National Library Week 2010

And while you’re here, participate in our National Library Week celebration!  There are two stations at which you can respond to our questions (“What one word describes your library?”) and (“How does your library help your community thrive?”).  Check out the big bulletin board in the lobby to see all the fabulous responses we’ve gotten so far!
–Mary Beth


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