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Audiobooks: Great Family Entertainment

I am a big fan of audiobooks. I love to listen to books in the car, and will occasionally move them into the house because I can’t bear to stop listening, even though the car trip is done. Summer trips are a perfect time to listen to books on CD in the car. In the […]

June 26th, 2013
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New Read-Along and Spanish Language Picture Books

I am excited to introduce you to two newly expanded collections in the Children’s Room: Read-Along Audiobooks and Spanish Language Picture Books. The read-alongs are picture books that come with a CD that reads the book aloud. Tones indicate when the pages are to be turned, so the child can follow along with the text. […]

May 15th, 2013
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Audio Books: Listen Up!

We’re huge fans of Audio Books here in the Children’s Room (and we’ve got a great collection of them). One thing I really like about Audio Books is that they take time. You can expect an Audio Book taking anywhere from 6 to 19 hours! Which, in this era of high-speed living, is a real […]

June 28th, 2012
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Audiobooks for Your Winter Trips

I like my audio books fast-paced, dense with atmosphere, and smart. I want them almost (almost!) so engrossing that I forget what I’m doing. I want them to catch me unawares and deliver me at my destination surprised by how quickly I arrived.  Finally, I want them to be just awesome to listen to, read […]

February 29th, 2012

100 Great Children’s Books

100 Great Children’s Books Over the last year, we have shared with you one hundred children’s books that we love. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our posts, and that you have discovered or re-discovered books that you love too. We will be launching our new Children’s Room blog this week – it will include themed […]

January 7th, 2012
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Just William 1922 (audiobook)

Just William (audiobook) By Richmal Crompton At one point in the summer, my whole family – from my 84-year-old mother to my 8-year-old son (and even including my tween daughter) – all became convinced we were living in 1920’s Britain. We were on a road trip, listening to Martin Jarvis’s hilarious reading of Just William. […]

September 7th, 2011
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Too Good to Miss: James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke is a mystery writer who’s too good to miss. Burke’s precise lyricism brings a depth to his stories that far transcends the typical mystery genre. His greatest creation, Detective Dave Robicheaux, is a police detective with the New Iberria Sheriff’s Department in Louisiana. He lives with a three-legged raccoon named Tripod, a […]

June 15th, 2011

What does it mean to read?

Read (v) definition I– “to consider, interpret, discern.” Reading (n) definition I– “the action of perusing written or printed matter; the practice of occupying oneself in this way.” ~Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd ed. Dec 2008 What does it mean to read? As a librarian, I’ve become increasingly interested in the changing (and challenging) definitions of […]

April 25th, 2011