Audiobooks for your Family Vacation

June 8th, 2018

Family in a carSummer brings all the best things in life—warm evenings, lazy beach days, and barbeques—but, also the worst—traffic jams to the beach, construction delays, and an endless stream of “Are we there yet?”

To help long car trips go by quickly and painlessly, play an audiobook that you and your child will love!

Audiobooks are a form of reading and have many benefits: they can teach critical listening, encourage reading comprehension, expand vocabulary and teach correct pronunciation of difficult words, and most importantly, demonstrate the joy of language and storytelling. They can be an effective way to get a reluctant reader interested in books.

This summer, listen to an audiobook with your family during a trip, and discuss the story during lunch breaks and after it’s complete.

Buying audiobooks can be expensive, so check your local library branch for physical copies. But, if you’re traveling and need a new one right away, try Hoopla for an instantaneous download to your device with no need to stream and use up your data! There are audiobooks for all ages, as well as a kids-safe search mode.

Here are a few titles that you should try with your kids today:
Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (hoopla original recording) (hoopla full-cast recording) (CD)
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (hoopla) (CD)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (hoopla) (CD)
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan (hoopla) (CD)

Check out Hoopla online through our website.

If you are looking for more reading or listening recommendations, or if you have questions about downloading or using Hoopla, stop by your local library branch or call 410-996-5600 x481

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A quick quiz to find your next great read!

April 23rd, 2018

Woman writingHow would you prefer to spend your weekend?
A. Video games
B. Hiking
C. Learning something new

Which superpower would you pick?
A. Predict the future
B. Be able to communicate with plants
C. Read minds

What kinds of stories do you like?
A. Fast-paced and thrilling
B. Long and descriptive
C. Short and punchy

What are you watching?
A. Back to the Future, for the sci-fi
B. Planet Earth, for the beautiful natural imagery
C. Get Out, for the dark humor

If you chose mostly A’s, you should read…

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
Twentysomething Will Dando wakes up with the power to predict the future and finds himself to be the most powerful man in the world.  Or you may like Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

If you chose mostly B’s, you should read…

The Overstory by Richard Powers
National Book Award winner Richard Powers is back with The Overstory. If the trees could talk, what would they say? Powers weaves multiple characters together, all connected by trees. Or try reading the nonfiction title The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.

If you chose mostly C’s, you should read…

Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
This stunning debut collection of short stories features black middle-class America. Or have you read New People by Danzy Senna?

Want more suggestions? Discover your next great read on CCPL’s websites! We have book lists, staff recommendations, and more. Check it out now:

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