A librarian asks: What have you heard about audiobooks?

from librarian and audiobook user Hillary Wolfe…

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Hillary Wolfe
Northview HS librarian
Covina, CA

I was at a book club recently, and one of our members sheepishly admitted that she hadn’t actually read the book, but she had listened to it on CD.

There is a pervasive bias out there that listening to a book is somehow cheating, and many secondary teachers are reluctant to make use of this strategy, fearing that they are encouraging their students to find an “easy way out” of homework. I don’t agree—I think audiobooks are a great resource for educators.

See how Hillary helped change her school’s perception of audiobooks, using listening centers to help struggling readers finish, and enjoy, required reading. Hillary will be appearing at the Recorded Books booth (#131) at this year’s AASL conference in Reno. She will be available for questions and discussion, and will be doing presentations on Friday, October 26 at 3:00pm and Saturday, October 27 at 11:00am.

There will be lots of other fun things going on at the Recorded Books booth, including the chance to win a free audiobook! Stop by and say hello, and let us know here if there is anything you’d like to see at the conference.

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2 Responses

  1. I have asked our staff to use the listening center in our K-8 school. The junior high teachers view listening to novels at a listening center as an elementary activity. I am very interested in hearing how Ms. Wolfe broke through the notion with her staff that a listening library is somehow undermining our students’ ability to read.
    Yahoo for Ms. Wolfe.

  2. That is a problem many media specialists run into. Try sharing the information from our research brochure or our Guide to Intervention, which features some of Ms. Wolfe’s story. Once the teachers see how well the listening centers work elsewhere, they should be willing to give audiobooks a try!

    I hope you’ll be able to attend the conference and talk to Ms. Wolfe. Thanks for the comment!

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