December 14th, 2011

Audiobooks Make Everything Better

42-16471757I’m a mom and I work full-time, so I’m usually scrambling to get too much done in too little time. Always multitasking is said to be bad for the brain, but it’s how I function: folding laundry while watching TV, helping kids with homework while cooking dinner, scraping yet another mystery stain from my good work sweater while attempting to pay a few bills… you get the idea.

My latest discovery, and it’s an indulgent one, is the audiobook. Although I love reading, I rarely get time to sit down and do it. But with my iPod in tow, that long car ride or even the jog to stave off holiday poundage becomes an enjoyable excuse to slip into a great book – by listening.

Cecil County Public Library just launched an even easier way to get audiobooks, for free, from the convenience of your own home. OneClick Digital provides a great selection of downloadable audiobooks, most of which are always available (no holds necessary!) Grab your library card, create an account, and you’re set to start browsing. Will listening to an audiobook make all dreaded tasks fun? Probably not, but it certainly makes them more enjoyable. So, excuse me as I turn on my audiobook, take a deep breath, and decide which items to tackle next on my to-do list…

What’s your multitasking secret?


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August 3rd, 2011

eBook Envy

My sister is gloating. Last week, she won the big prize at her company’s annual picnic—an IPad. I tried to be appropriately jealous, but “device delirium” is not in my combination of our DNA. Growing up in a time when cutting-edge technology was Atari Pong and the Swatch watch, my appreciation for laptops and Skype knows no bounds, but it seems to stop there. Just ask my non-texting, camera-lacking phone.

Not so my sister, who giggles every time she pulls out her new toy.   So when our discussion came around to “beside Angry Birds, what can I do with this thing,” I mentioned the new IPad app for downloading eBooks through the library.  Having offered eBooks through a state consortium for years, the library has now joined a program where extra copies are available strictly for local users.  Simply visit the Maryland Digital eLibrary Consortium website and login using your Cecil County library card number.  Logging in before you search means you won’t miss out on titles only we have available.  Look for the orange Advantage logo on these recently added titles:

Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

My summer reading is still stacked on theNikkiBookStack kitchen counter six books deep—a perfect eye level perch for reading a recipe on my laptop.  My technological ambivalence means I’ll continue to make space for books in my suitcase and purse, but it’s reassuring to know I can get eBooks for free from the library just in case my sister gets the urge to share that iPad…

Are you downloading eBooks?


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