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“Quality Time” on the Road

The memory is still pretty clear.  It was 4 hours into an 11 hour road trip and I was bored.  Bored, boRED, bored, borED, BORED.  In order to empathize with my parents, have a small child sit behind you and instruct them to sing the previous sentence while they kick your seat. 

Gone was the excitement of going to visit the relatives, the novelty of the activity kit my mom put together, my father’s tolerance for the smell of watermelon gum, and the sanity of everyone in the car.  You know what would have saved the day?  An audiobook.

Audiobooks are great.  Everyone in the car can listen to the same book unlike a dvd that requires the driver to miss out on all the fun.  Plus, audiobooks are great literacy tools.  There are several great things that happen when children, young and old, listen to audiobooks:

  • Listeners are introduced to new vocabulary and concepts.
  • Listeners are exposed to the correct way to say words.
  • Struggling readers can follow along with a print copy while matching written words to sounds.   

Ever notice that conversation gets pretty dull after 6 hours of being crammed in the car together?  Instead of staring blankly at each other over your dinner stop, you could discuss the book you have been listening to.  Aha!  Another great literacy moment just snuck in:

  •  Book discussions improve reading comprehension.

So the next time you start to roll out of the driveway start up an audio book. Here are a few titles the whole family can enjoy:

  •  The Secret Garden by Frances Burnette
  • The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Don’t forget, you can either check out audio books at the library or you can download them from our Digital Branch Library.



Hotel for DogsI am going to let you in on something that is not widely known:  The new Digital Branch Library isn’t just for grownups. I know!  There are free children’s and young adult audio books, videos, and ebooks just waiting to be downloaded!  Hop onto our website, enter our Digital Branch Library, and click on the kids’ and teens’ collections to find a great selection of audio book and ebooks.  Look under videos to find Astro Boy, Franklin, Sid the Science Kid, Pocoyo, Berenstain Bears, Mighty Machines, and more.

So let’s think about how the Digital Branch Library could be useful in your everyday life.  Imagine for a moment that it is 7:00 on a Sunday night and the library is closed.  Your oldest child tells you they need to read Animal Farm by third period the next day.  Your youngest child has watched all of their videos at least 20 times and wants something new to watch.  Your middle child is reading Hotel for Dogs but needs some help.  You have a million things to do and a splitting headache.  What’s a super parent to do?

George Orwell's Animal FarmFortunately there is now an ABBE library that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! Log in to the Digital Branch Library with your library card and pin, check out the ebook Animal Farm and let your oldest read it on the computer.  Check out the audio book version of Hotel for Dogs and burn it to CD or let your middle child listen to it on their iPod while they read along with the book.  Finally, check out the video Salsa for Kittens and Puppies for your youngest child and download it onto your oldest child’s mp3 player. 

Now hold onto your hats because I am going to let you in on something really cool.  No late fees!  The items you check out will be automatically returned on the due date.  Now if only there was a service that would let you check out headache reliever and ice cream…

Digital Branch Library

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