I may be the last to know about online audio book rentals through the library.
It’s a parenting sin to admit this, but I hate, loathe, despise, and dread taking my children to the library. Well, not my stepdaughter, but in this scenario, she doesn’t count, being above the age of reason and all. The kids are 6, 4, and just turned 3. It might be a pleasant excursion if going to the library could have a 1:1 adult-child ratio. Instead, it’s a giant headache. I know plenty of you are out there with more and younger kids who enjoy library trips; I’m sorry, I just can’t join that club.
Yesterday, as we were leaving the library with an armload of books, and as I was trying to prevent children from darting into the community room, bathrooms, and out into the parking lot, a sign caught my eye. It announced that audiobooks were available for free online rental. I got excited, loaded the kids in the car, and raced home so I could check it out.
So, what’s the point of this post? Not everyone has time to read -you will make time for my book when it’s out in March, right?- OK, but what does that have to do with home economics? Audio books are an excellent distraction during the repetitive and mind-numbing chores that make up a good portion of responsible living. I hate mowing and weeding, but both are bearable if I can keep my mind from focusing on how much I hate what I’m doing. The same goes for picking apart a chicken, mopping, chopping vegetables, and exercising. The list goes on, my friends.
I’m curious, is there a centralized list somewhere that shows what libraries participate in programs like the Jasmine Digital Library? Does your library have such a program? Would you take a moment and log onto your library’s web page and see if they offer this service? If so, would you be so kind as to mention the library system you use to help raise awareness?
I’ve done a brief search, and it looks as though the digital library used by the Berkeley County Library System (that’s mine) uses different names depending on location. I also see Library Connection in Connecticut and eNYPL for New York.
I know not everyone has a smartphone, but you can still download audiobooks to your PC or Mac and ebooks to the Nook or Sony Reader. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be compatible with the Kindle.
I want to shout, “FOR FREE!” but then my internal realist kicks in and says, “No, Heather, this is paid for by your tax dollars.” I’m perfectly fine with that. I hated borrowing books on CD from the library. It just meant more potential for damage fines or late fees.
Oh, and if you’re curious, I’m starting off with, And Then There’s This by Bill Wasik it’s about viral culture because I’m nerdy like that. Don’t worry, there seems to be plenty of fiction available, but I already have a stack on my nightstand.