The holidays are just around the corner, and while that can mean many things, for many of us it likely means a long road trip, or two. No matter the length, road trips (particularly in holiday traffic) can be an excruciating endeavor.
Snacks, a less-than-judicious amount of caffeine, comfy clothes, and a good audiobook can make all the difference. They can turn a miserable car ride into something not only tolerable, but enjoyable.
To help you manage pesky holiday excursions, we’ve curated a list of twelve of our favorite audiobooks. There are books here for the whole family to enjoy, as well as more grown-up fare. Let’s have a look.
J.K. Rowling, Read by Jim Dale
Keith Richards, Read by Johnny Depp
Roald Dahl, Read by Kate Winslet
Andy Weir, Read by R.C. Bray
Neil Gaiman, Read by Neil Gaiman
Terry Pratchett, Read by Nigel Planer
Charles Dickens, Read by Tim Curry
Liane Moriarty, Read by Caroline Lee
William Goldman, Read by Rob Reiner
Tom Hanks, Read by Tom Hanks
Madeleine L’Engle, Read by Hope Davis
Agatha Christie, Read by Dan Stevens
For those of you feeling space action-adventure/super hero-y.
July, aka NATIONAL ANTI-BOREDOM MONTH, is more than half-way over!
Fun Fact: It’s also NATIONAL READ AN ALMANAC MONTH. How those go together, we couldn’t tell you.
So, how are your boredom levels? Feeling listless? Weary? Have you recently made a sound something like this, “Uuuuuuuuu,’mso bored.”?
You should come to the library.
As my mother-in-law used to say, “Smart people don’t get bored.” I always took this as more of a challenge than a statement of literal fact, but, either way, we can help you with that.
Find a book, a video game, a movie, an audio book, anything. If you can’t pick one yourself fill out a Library Concierge form and we will pick some for you based on what you like. If that doesn’t work, surf the Internet on the public computers or grab something from our language section and start brushing up on your foreign languages. Even if everything else fails and you decide you don’t want that book or movie, have seen everything worthwhile on the Internet and decide that you don’t need to know conversational Swahili after all, then at least you got out of the house for a bit.
Don’t panic. We can help.
We know what it’s like. You finally finish that 18 book mystery series, or binge watching your most-recent favorite TV show, or listening to the entire library of your favorite musical artist’s recorded work (even the later, experimental stuff with the weird theremin sounds constantly in the background), and then it’s like… Now what?
Well, now us.
Introducing Library Concierge! Follow the link and your very own librarian will work tirelessly to find you books, movies, TV series and/or music that you will love… or like… or, at least, not hate. After you fill out a form. We know – there is always a catch. But it is totally worth it!
I knew that if I held out long enough they would finally be worth having.
Welcome to June – Audiobook Month!
Not sure if audiobooks are for you?
Do you need something to fill the long silence of a particularly boring drive? Something to make tasks like mowing the yard or washing the dishes more fun and twice as productive? Somethings to help you fall asleep? Something to help you stay awake? Are you tired of worrying about dropping your book in the water while you read in the tub? Is your eyesight just not what they used to be? Do you fear silence because that’s when the voices in your head come back… or, I mean, because it’s boring?…
If you answered “Yes” (or “No”) to any of the questions above then it might be time for you to check out audiobooks. And if you need help finding the right one for you the library can help. We’ve got thousands of audiobooks on CD and PlayAway. Or, if you are looking for something a bit more digital, you can check out our OverDrive, Axis 360 and Hoopla!; all have e-audiobooks to choose from, ready to check out and download directly to your computer or digital device.
And don’t forget, finishing an audiobook counts as finishing a book for our Summer Reading Program!
Your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.
hoopla is a digital media service offered by Moline Public Library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Over 200,000 titles to choose from, with more being added daily.
Interested? You can find instructions for using getting started and using hoopla here; instructions-for-using-hoopla-on-computer for computers, or instructions-for-using-hoopla-on-a-mobile-device for mobile devices. Or you can stop by the 2nd floor reference desk and ask any hoopla questions you have.