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Collection Development March is Crafting Month: Listen to Audiobooks While You Make Stuff!

No matter their creative outlets of choice, productive patrons can keep their hands free for crafting while hearing the latest listens from their local library. Short stories can be “sew perfect” to get a little done each day; sparkly listens from favorite authors can entertain ears behind an easel; delicious listens add spice to kitchen creativity; and narrative nonfiction can act as the glue that keeps readers riveted to any crafting project for hours on end.

LISTEN WHILE YOU KNIT
The Yarn Whisperer
Author: Clara Parkes
Read by: Clara Parkes
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
In The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections on a Life in Knitting, renowned knitter and author Clara Parkes ponders the roles knitting plays in her life via 22 captivating, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny essays. Also check out Parkes’ Knitlandia.
Window on the Bay
It’s no secret that Debbie Macomber is an avid knitter and audiobook listener. Suggest patrons combine this gentle listen led by three fabulous narrators (plus, an author’s note read by Macomber herself) with their latest knitting project for maximum motivation—mixed with a bit of romantic daydreaming.
You Think It, I'll Say It
Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
Read By: Emily Rankin and Mark Deakins
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
Short stories are perfect for crafting projects. This 2020 Audie Award-nominated listen is an easy recommendation for Sittenfeld fans and newer audiobook listeners, especially as they start placing holds for the eagerly-awaited Rodham.
Coming soon:
Real Men Knit
Author: Kwana Jackson
Read by: Keylor Leigh
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
On sale this May, a delightful romance about four brothers who struggle to keep open the doors of their late adoptive mother’s beloved Harlem knitting shop.
You must see this talented author’s handmade creations:
Author Chloe Benjamin knitting On the blog: Why THE IMMORTALISTS author Chloe Benjamin loves to listen while she knits
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SELF-CARE FOR CREATIVES
Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies
Author: Tara Schuster
Read by: Tara Schuster
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
Brutally honest, often hilarious, hard-won lessons in learning to love and care for yourself from a young vice president at Comedy Central who was called “ahead of her time” by Jordan Peele. Check her out on our podcast This is the Author.
And Then We Grew Up
Author: Rachel Friedman
Read By: Jennifer Rubins and Rachel Friedman
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
A journey through the many ways to live an artistic life sure to inspire patrons as they practice their own creativity—whatever that looks like for them. “Rubins’s graceful narration enhances this enriching message about creating a broader notion of accomplishment.”—AudioFile Earphones Award. Check out a conversation between author and narrator on our podcast This is the Author.
How to Be an Artist
Author: Jerry Saltz
Read by: Jerry Saltz
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
Art has the power to change our lives. For many, becoming an artist is a lifelong dream. But how to make it happen? Who better to accompany a patron on their latest project than Jerry Saltz, one of the art world’s most celebrated and passionate voices? He offers an indispensable handbook for creative people of all kinds. “An encouraging read for those cautious but eager to make art.”—Library Journal
CRAFTY LISTENS FOR KIDS
Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum
Author: Dr. Seuss
Read by: Samira Wiley
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
A never-before-published Dr. Seuss book about creating and looking at art! “[Wiley’s] compelling narration sparkles with curiosity.”—Booklist
Okay for Now
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Read by: Lincoln Hoppe
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
Doug’s life is changed when he first sees the plates of John James Audubon’s Birds of America at the local library. This Odyssey Honor-winning audiobook will help middle grade listeners discover the transforming power of art over disaster in a story about creativity and loss, love and recovery, and survival.
Who Was: Artist Biographies
Author: Various
Read by: Various
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
Like mini-podcasts for little listeners! Help young patrons learn more about history’s greatest artists while they create their own masterpieces.
Coming soon:
This Is What I Know About Art
Author: Kimberly Drew
Read by: Kimberly Drew
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
In this powerful and hopeful account, arts writer, curator, and activist Kimberly Drew reminds us that the art world has space not just for the elite, but for everyone.
This is the Illustrator! Hear from award-winning artist Melissa Sweet
Melissa Sweet Charlotte's Web interview In this special episode of This Is the Author, we present: This Is the Illustrator! Meet artist and Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet, who illustrated the audiobook cover for the new Audie Award-winning production of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, narrated by Meryl Streep and a full cast.
 
 
 
MAKER-SPACE MUST-HEAR PICKS
Good Clean Fun
Author: Nick Offerman
Read by: Nick Offerman
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
Nick Offerman returns with the subject for which he’s known best—his incredible real-life woodshop—in a program that includes five original songs!
Humble Pi
Author: Matt Parker
Read by: Matt Parker
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
A fun audiobook-length answer to anyone who ever put their hand up in math class and asked, “When am I ever going to use this in the real world?”
How To
Author: Randall Munroe
Read by: Wil Wheaton
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
“Wheaton’s conversational tone creates an excellent juxtaposition with the author’s dry humor and embellished scientific commentary, giving listeners a delightful learning experience that frequently finds them laughing out loud.”—AudioFile
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