Audiobooks for all ages at the library

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June is Audiobook Month and the Brantford Public Library offers thousands of audiobooks for all ages that can be downloaded or checked out for free.

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If you listen to an audiobook, visit the library to submit your reading to be entered into draws for great prizes all summer long. All books read and audiobooks listened to count towards the library’s inaugural Read for Your Ward challenge, which runs from July 4 to Aug. 26. Which ward in Brantford can read this most this summer?

The OverDrive service, with its Libby app, is the most popular option for downloadable audiobooks through the library. More than 6,000 audiobooks for adults, children and teens that can be downloaded for free to a smart device or listened to on a desktop or laptop computer. The award-winning Libby app is free for Android and Apple devices. People can download up to 25 audiobook titles at a time with their library card. Libby also offers eBooks and digital magazines.

The library’s Hoopla app also has a wide-range of selection of audiobooks, though not the same number of big titles available through OverDrive. Audiobooks are available for up to 21 days through Hoopla, with no wait periods.

The library also offers new audiobooks through its books on CD and Playaway collections. Books on CD offer the complete text of a book read by a professional narrator. Playaways, meanwhile, are portable devices that are pre-loaded with an entire digital audiobook. These are easy-to-use for less tech-savvy people or people without a smart device or internet access.

The library also Books on CD for children, as well as book and CD sets that allow children to follow along with the spoken book text. Vox Books for children include a handy built-in audio player to enable kids to listen as well as read along with the text.

Children and teens will also find a great selection of electronic audiobooks through the TumbleBooks collection on the library website. The TumbleBook Library, TumbleCloudJunior, and Tumble Biblio Enfants offer audiobooks and read-along audiobooks for children in preschool up to grade school.

Teens and tweens will enjoy the Teen Book Cloud, which includes classic, fiction, and non-fiction audiobooks.

At Your Library is a weekly column provided by the staff of the Brantford Public Library. Readers requiring more information can visit www.brantfordlibrary.ca.

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