Sunday, June 01, 2014

June is Audiobook Month

In a recent consumer survey, the Audio Publishers Association learned that 25% of Americans had listened to an audiobook in the last year.  Audiobooks provide listening enjoyment, learning expressions, vocabulary building, and engages the mind in storytelling.

Here are some favorite audiobook titles or favorite moments from the Chatt State staff and faculty:

One reason I enjoy audiobooks is to hear the language.  Hearing Elizabeth Gilbert slide easily into Italian in her book Eat, Pray, Love or hearing the multiple English accents in any of the Charles Dickens audiobooks adds a new dimension to the enjoyment of the story. (Sandra Williford)

One of my favorite audiobooks is Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”  I have listened to it at least 3 times driving from Chattanooga to my hometown Abingdon, Va. (Donna Seagle)  

Audiobooks provided a great way for my family to knock out summer reading on the road and a chance to stop the book and talk about what was going, what does that word mean, or to tell a related-story. These were great family moments I still remember. (Dwight Hunter)

Audiobooks are a great tool for building literacy. Teachers and librarians report that listening to audiobooks helps children build better vocabularies and also helps them to read with better expression.

Our audiobook collection is now located with the graphic novels and popular fiction books near the Riverside Cafe area of the library.

Did you know the State of Tennessee offers thousands of audiobooks to patrons of public libraries that belong to the Tennessee Regional Library System? People with library cards for Collegedale Public Library, Bledsoe County Library, Sequatchie County Library, Clyde W. Roddy Library (Dayton), or the Jasper Public Library can access audiobook downloads through R.E.A.D.S. (Regional Ebook and Audiobook Download System). Visit for more information. Have a Chattanooga Public Library card? You can download audiobooks through the public library's hoopla account. With these opportunities to download audiobooks, or to check out an audiobook from our collection, there are many ways to access audiobooks.

Listen to a 7-second public service announcement from Valerie Bertinelli about audiobooks and to "get caught listening"

Our newest titles to the audiobook collection

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