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Grand County libraries: Too busy to read? Think again

by Jill MilesGrand County libraries

Is todays busy lifestyle cutting down on your quality reading time? Todays libraries offer a number of ways to get it all done while you read – with your ears. You can listen to the latest James Patterson mystery while walking the dog, the autobiography of Lou Holtz while doing reps at the gym, or Charlottes Web with the kids on the way to school. Although cassette players are becoming a thing of the past, our libraries still carry many books on tape. In fact, the Granby Library just became the recipient of a collection of books on tape, including some classic Mrs. Pollifax mysteries. Books on CD have the benefit of flexibility because they can be played on your computer, home audio system, hand-held player and many car audio systems. Most newly published books are released on CD at the same time, so broad choices are appearing on our librarys shelves every day.With the trend to downsize and simplify, the thought of carrying around a CD player and a case of discs may be too cumbersome for some. So the Grand County Library District has joined OverDrive, an online library of audiobooks that can be checked out online, downloaded to your home computer, and loaded onto a portable MP3 or WMA player such as an iPod or MuVo – all in about 15 minutes. (OverDrive has also recently begun offering video that can be downloaded to WMV-compatible devices; check their Web site at http://www.overdrive.com for a list of compatible players.)For those of us who dont have high-speed Internet access at home, books can be downloaded from the patron computers at any GCLD branch or on the OverDrive-dedicated terminal at the Granby branch. Patrons who dont yet own an audio player but want to try out the system can check out an MP3 player at the circulation desk at any library branch.If you dont have an audio player, or are not sure youre ready to try downloading, theres another way to listen on-the-go. GCLD has begun offering Playaways, self-contained devices that come pre-loaded with an audiobook. Just plug in the earphones and go.To find books on audio cassettes, CDs or Playaways in the GCLD online catalog, look for the speaker symbol next to the title listing; OverDrive books are identified with a blue Download icon. You can also browse the entire Overdrive collection by clicking on the Downloadable Audio: OverDrive link on GCLD s homepage at http://www.gcld.org. Finally, a few tips about listening on the go:- Safety first. If you are walking, running or driving, make sure you are still aware of your surroundings. Keep the volume down or use only one earphone.- Share the sound. Several companies make FM transmitters that plug into the earphone jack of an audio player to let the whole family listen to the story over the nearest radio.- If you are using a digital audio device, learn the buttons, especially pause (in case of interruption) and lock (to prevent accidentally turning off the machine or changing the volume).

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