June is National Audiobook Month, a time when the Audio Publishers Association raises awareness and enthusiasm for audiobooks.
In a recent consumer survey, the APA learned that 25 percent of Americans had listened to an audiobook in the last year.
Audiobook listeners are avid readers who use audiobooks as a way of enjoying an author's work when they are not able to read.
Most listeners use audiobooks in the car (whether they are commuting or on driving vacations) but an increasing number of people also report using audiobooks while they are exercising, cooking, gardening - and even at work.
The average audiobook listener spends about five hours a week listening.
Audiobooks are great for family listening on the road and can keep everyone in the car entertained while also increasing literacy skills.
Audiobooks are a great tool for building literacy.
Teachers and librarians have reported that listening to audiobooks helps children build better vocabularies and also helps them to read with better expression.
The James V. Brown Library has more than 2,500 audiobooks available through its OverDrive site, which can be accessed at ebranch2go.lib.overdrive.com/ or by clicking "Online Resources" at www.jvbrown.edu.
Also this summer, OverDrive is offering its SYNC program, where two free audiobook downloads are given to listeners age 13 and older from now through Aug. 13.
SYNC offers two free audiobooks each week May 15 through Aug 20. Sign up for email or text alert invites users to download the new titles as they become available.
Titles, once downloaded, can be kept.
Titles are delivered free through the OverDrive Media Console. Downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by OverDrive, and are Mac and Windows compatible.
Most listening devices are supported.
Some of the titles include "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare, "Peter and the Starcatchers" by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson.
For a complete list of titles, visit www.jvbrown.edu or audiobook sync.com.
The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.