Tuesday, March 2, 2010

iPods and audiobooks in the Library

First of all, isn't this a great way to promote audiobooks! Way to go PlayfulLibrarian, I think that totally rocks and also a great book to showcase as well. If you haven't checked out The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, you really really should. I LOVE that book...it's like a movie that's been printed out scene by wonderful scene. But I digress...

Our upper school started checking out iPods loaded with audiobooks that are being read for the various English classes there so we decided to start the same program here at the middle school. Right now, I have 2 computers open - one devoted to the audiobooks (if available) used in our middle school courses and 1 for my work since there is some waiting and listening that needs to happen when determining if then audiobook will work.

I just wanted to mention it here but I can't go into it until later...However, if you are in Los Angeles, and attending the CAIS Conference next Monday, Maureen Frank, who figured this program all out at the US, will be presenting. You should go to her presentation!!! I'll be there!

It's all very exciting. Also, I am kind of surprised at how many classics are not in audiobook form - A Raisin in the Sun, The Pearl, and To Kill A Mockingbird to name a few that I can't find audio files for. Also, I love how many actors do voice overs, I'm previewing Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep read by Elliot Gould. He's a great reader so far. I also really love Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) reading A Series of Unfortunate Events series. SO great!!!

3 comments:

TinyReader said...

I listen to audiobooks all the time. With a four month old it's almost impossible to find time to read books (other than books I read to her, of course), but I listen to books all the time. Not all audiobooks are created equal though. I just finished The Help on audiobook and it was one of the best audiobook versions of a book I've "read." The readers' voices were perfect matches to the characters.

Anna M. said...

I totally agree with you. I tried to give the Twilight series a listen but the woman reading was really annoying to me. I like listening to most nonfiction on audio.

Elisabeth Abarbanel said...

I really want to start this at our school too. We have been lagging.. Maybe I can come meet with you? I missed Maureen's presentation.