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.
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!
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!