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I’ve got a long road trip coming up so I’ve had the car checked over, changed the oil and updated the wiper blades. I have my maps and my itinerary as well as my lodging accommodations worked out. The last thing I need to do is load up on audiobooks to keep me entertained and enlightened. Lucky me, I work in a library where we have several formats available.

The first format we have is our traditional books on CD. They come in cases with protective sleeves, and span the genres from fiction to thriller to romance to western to even non-fiction. I’m leaning toward Becoming by Michelle Obama, since it’s been on my list for a while.

The second format we have is Playaways. These are pre-loaded MP3 players which can be hooked up to your car via an auxiliary cable – and the library provides those if you need one. No changing discs and I know the car won’t reset to the beginning when I stop. We span all the genres again with most of these in the fiction categories. There are even play-aways for kids and teens if you want to give them something to do besides bothering their siblings. Just plug in a pair of headphones and they are listening in peace.

The final format we have for audiobooks is downloadable via OverDrive and RBDigital. Both formats are available off our webpage (fremontne.gov/library) in the eLibrary section. I log into the website using my library barcode (on the back of my library card) and PIN (last four digits of my phone number), select my book to check out, then download it to my phone. In my new car, I can connect via Bluetooth and listen to the book that way. In my old car, I still used the auxiliary cable.

No matter your preferred method of listening, one fact remains: audiobooks can be a great way to make time in the car feel shorter. It’s a great way to squeeze literature and information into your commutes without taking any time out of your day! Try one of our many audio options today and enjoy your trip time as much as I will mine!

Laura England-Biggs is the Youth Services Librarian at Keene Memorial Library. She is temporarily filling in for Director Tina Walker.

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