Free Pass to ALA Exhibit Hall

Here is a free pass to the ALA exhibit hall, compliments of ALA! Do let us know if you sign up for the free pass via our link! Recorded Books is Booth #4823.

This is your invitation to visit the ALA 2009 Annual Exhibits for FREE!

The ALA Annual Exhibits are an integral part of the ALA Midwinter conference. The ALA Annual Exhibits hold all that is new in technology, publications and services. Visit over 900 booths. From virtual libraries to mobile stacking systems to premium quality furniture, the McCormick West Convention Center is your one-stop shopping for your library needs.

Exhibit Dates & Hours:
Saturday, July 11 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, July 12 9:00am – 5:00pm
Monday, July 13 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 14 9:00am – 2:00pm


School Library Media Month Giveaway

James Patterson

James Patterson

The first School Library Media Month took place on April 1st, 1985. Since then, authors, educators, and librarians across the country have come together to celebrate the work of school library media specialists. The theme for 2009 is "Worlds Connect @ your library."

Recorded Books is offering school librarians a chance to connect students and teachers to the world of audiobooks by giving away a copy of all 3 books offered by Recorded Books in James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series for young adults. The Maximum Ride series is available on audio from Recorded Books on CD, cassette, and Playaway.

If you’d like to be alerted of more giveaways like this in the future, sign up for our email list, follow us on twitter, or add our page’s RSS to your favorite feed reader.

See rules to win below. And even if you don’t win, enjoy this free audio clip from Book 1, The Angel Experiment.
Audio Excerpt: The Angel Experiment, from Chapter 1


  • Just leave a comment below (be sure to enter a valid email address, or we won’t be able to contact you if you win!) and you’ll be entered to win.
  • Tweet (we’re @recordedbooks) or blog about the contest and you can leave a second comment linking to your tweet or post—you’ll get another contest entry. Spread the word!
  • Again, be sure you leave a valid email address with your comment so we can contact you. If you’re picked as a winner and we can’t contact you, the prize will got to the next winner.
  • Comments will be assigned a number (first commenter is #1, second is #2, etc). Winners will be picked by according to comment number.
  • Drawing will be held on 5/1/09 at 12:00PM Eastern time. Winners will be contacted by email to get mailing information. The winner will receive one copy of each of the following titles on CD: The Angel Experiment, School’s Out Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports.

WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations to our #4 commenter, Jana! Everyone else, stay tuned. We’ll have another contest beginning Monday morning, especially for edubloggers. Plus more giveaways each month!

Look for our new catalog for librarians!

Peggy EkhausWe’ve dedicated our Spring 2008 K-12 catalog to librarians. In addition to the favorite products of teachers and librarians, you’ll find special tips and ideas especially for librarians using audiobooks. Also check out our contests for the chance to win free stuff for your school! In Part Four of our series featuring White Marsh Elementary, librarian Peggy Ekhaus shares her feelings about how Recorded Books make great authors accessible for all students …

How do you incorporate audiobooks into both your classroom and library instruction time at your school? Enter our contest and tell us and you could win!

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Audiobook success at White Marsh Elementary

Recorded Books recently visited White Marsh Elementary School in Mechanicsville, MD, where 5th grade teachers Jennifer Cord and Laurie McGrath use audiobooks for reading instruction—whole class, independent reading, and literature circles. Librarian Peggy Ekhaus is also an audiobook enthusiast.

Mrs. Cord has had success with whole-class listening on audio and individual reading with Playaway. Mrs. Cord told us, “I had a kid jump from a 100 wpm the beginning of the year to 136 wpm today on a fluency test. She’s been using one of the Playaway books and she said, “It’s helping me read faster. I turned up the speed and I’m reading faster in my head so I can hear how I should be reading.” Mrs. McGrath’s students told us how much they like audiobooks because they are able to understand more words and enjoy the books more.

Look for more soon from our visit, including instructions on how the teachers use audio in their classroom and reactions from enthusiastic students. The slideshow below showcases just a few of the great things we saw at White Marsh!

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