Collection Development, Promotions & Events Library Listens for National Library Week

First started in 1958, National Library Week is an annual observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. This year, National Library Week is April 12-18, 2015. Be sure to add audio to your celebration displays and encourage young patrons to check out these library-centric listens!

Author Chris Grabenstein with BOT Rep Lara Oliver at ALA Midwinter 2015

Author Chris Grabenstein with BOT Rep Lara Oliver at ALA Midwinter 2015

Grab an Audio by Chris Grabenstein
Author Chris Grabenstein likes to listen to audiobooks when he goes running. And his library-loving audiobooks, the bestselling ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY and the brand-new THE ISLAND OF DR. LIBRIS, will have young listeners running to the library to check out a copy. Grabenstein sure knows how to celebrate the power of imagination with action-packed stories that translate perfectly into thrilling listening adventures!

Great news for fans! Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics leaps into libraries next year.

AUDIO CLIP: Listen to two-time Odyssey-Award winner Kirby Heyborne’s delightful narration of

STUDIO VIDEO: Visit with Jesse Bernstein behind-the-mic as he narrates ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY.

“Narrator Bernstein deserves more than the minimum number of kudos…libraries will no doubt want to purchase the audio as well.”—Booklist

Be on the Lookout for Secret Agent Librarians!
We just can’t resist Mac Barnett’s Brixton Brothers series read by Arte Johnson, and Book 1, THE CASE OF THE CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY, makes a good case for why detective listens are always a good find. And everyone knows that any good kid detective should love using the local library!


“Arte Johnson is spot-on as narrator. His serious, straightforward delivery adds just the right leavening to this funny and entertaining story.”—AudioFile

Libraries Can Be Life-Changing
In the Odyssey Honor-winning audiobook OKAY FOR NOW by Gary D. Schmidt, listeners meet the memorable Doug Swieteck, and join him on a journey filled with inspiration, heartbreak, humor, and many trips to the local library where he ultimately discovers a newfound passion for art. Lincoln Hoppe’s award-winning narration will stay with listeners for a long time, as will Schmidt’s timeless tale about creativity, loss, love, and survival.


“This grand-slam production of Schmidt’s latest is enhanced by Hoppe’s pitch-perfect reading.”—Booklist, starred review

“[Hoppe’s] considerable talents paint a vivid portrait of a troubled family and an unforgettable hero. “—AudioFile Earphones Award

How will you be celebrating National Library Week? Head over to the official ALA website for posters, social media images, and more ideas to help make it a truly terrific event!

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