Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Overdrive Audiobooks

Has anyone taken advantage of the Overdrive downloadable audiobooks that the Westchester Library System offers? It's (sometimes) an alternative to waiting for the book you put on hold ages ago. You can download to your iPod. MP3 player, or just to your computer. Listening to books puts a whole new spin on the story. If you're lucky enough to get a good narrator, the story comes alive. You learn how certain names are pronounced. I grew up reading Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody books. Little did I know that Amelia's last name was not pronounced "Pea-body," but "Pibiddy." Likewise for certain vocabulary words that qualify for the verbal part of the SAT. I listened to the entire Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz on cd. As far as I was concerned, the narrator, David Alan Baker was Odd Thomas. Overdrive is cool because it also allows you to listen to a preview of the audiobook you're interested in. And some companies allow you to burn their books to a cd. There are current titles like Prism by Faye and Aliza Kellerman, The Luxe by Anna Godbersen, and I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb. You can get Night by Elie Wiesel and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. All you need is a library card, download the "console" and you're ready to go: www.westchesterlibraries.org/node/1663

For those of you who are in the midst of SAT frenzy, or you decided that college isn't your thing, try LearningExpress. It's a subscription database available through the Westchester Library Systems "Online Resources" webpage. Not only do you get to practice for the SAT and the ACT, but there's plenty of civil service tests also. There's information on job searching and skills, GED, citizenship tests, and Recursos para Hispanohablantes! Your little brothers and sisters need help with math? There are resources for elelmentary and middle school students. Hey, it's all free! You just need that library card to register to use the site: www.westchesterlibraries.org/node/297

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