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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How an Audiobook is Made

March 19th, 2018

audiobookHave you ever wondered how an audiobook is made?

Not all print books have an audio counterpart—but if they do, it’s because it’s in the contract. Audiobook popularity is expanding with Audiobook Publishers Association reporting a 33.9% increase in 2017. So there is a good chance that a print book will become an audiobook.

After the publisher decides to produce an audiobook, they select an audiobook narrator, usually an actor with a background in acting, singing, or voiceover work who has been trained in pacing and clarity when speaking. Each actor has a different process to prepare, but most audiobook actors will read through the book to determine the tone of the book, and to learn about the different characters and determine what each character will sound like.

According to Audible, it takes around six hours for a producer to complete one hour of an audiobook.  It usually takes two hours in the studio for the narrator to finish one hour of the book. And then, after that, an editor usually takes three hours to edit the hour. This can include cutting out pauses or breathing between sentences—the process is called “debreath.”

As the demand for more comprehensive digital collections grows, Cecil County Public Library offers digital audiobooks that can be streamed on your phone with apps like Libby from OverDrive, Hoopla Digital, and RBdigital. There are numerous benefits to using a digital audiobook—you can keep multiple books checked out, and switch between them with ease. For instance, you may have a book you listen to with your kids in the car, but then when you drop them off, you switch to yours.

Stop by any of our local branches to pursue our collections of audiobooks on CD. Or, if you’d prefer to listen on your smart phone or tablet, download Libby by OverDrive, Hoopla, or RB Digital, to view our digital audiobook collection. For more information, visit–ebooks/ or speak with staff at any of our locations for help downloading and navigating the digital collection.


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