Tech Savvy: Audiobooks (Physical and Virtual)


Driving holiday coming up? Long commute to work? Gardening need doing? Have you ever thought of listening to an audiobook while you’re getting it all done? There are so many titles available: the latest fiction best seller; historical investigation; biography – not to mention the great range of kids titles sure to keep your little ones enthralled on long car trips.

If you’re at home or in the car you’ve probably got access to a CD player which is the perfect way to use the Audiobook collection at the library.  On the go? Then the Overdrive app is the way to go. Download the app, navigate through the setup process, input your library details and you’re all set to download some new titles.

new audio books for blog postSo, there are three ways you can listen to audiobooks by using your library card:

  • Visit us at Evanston Gardens Library on Angle Vale Road, Evanston Gardens or our mini library at the Sport & Community Centre on Nixon Terrace in Gawler to peruse our interesting collection of titles on CD and Playaway
  • Search our online catalogue and reserve an audiobook to be picked up at any public library in South Australia –
  • Download the OverDrive app from the SA Public Library website to your device then download titles onto for your computer, tablet or phone – 

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Then you can simply tune out
…on your way home from work on the train to the latest fiction thriller
…or listen to a funny memoir while you’re doing chores
…or entertain the kids on a long drive with some funny tales from Roald Dahl.

You’ll also discover a familiar voice or two when you switch on, as many well known actors have lent their voices to reading audiobooks.  Kate Winslet reads Matilda, Stephen Fry reads the Harry Potter series while Kenneth Branagh and Miranda Richardson read other children’s classics.  Some authors like to read for their audiobook version, so you could hear the story read exactly as the author intended it to sound.  Audiobooks may have sound effects and a full cast of readers, sounding much like the detective stories performed during the golden days of radio.

The narrators have avid listeners too, with some appearing on a series of audiobooks like Stig Wemyss does with many Paul Jennings titles and Stephanie Daniels reads many of the Miss Fisher audiobooks written by Kerry Greenwood.
They’re well known to their audiences and can have the same effect as an author’s name on a title, in that they contribute to the appeal of an audiobook with their name attached to it.

Audio Book For Macro Monday Flickr Group Theme Hobby or Hobbies June 7, 2010 I really wanted to do something photography related as I am seemingly obsessed with the subject; but, the assignment here was meant to show us something about each other that we didn't necessarily know. So I chose to do something based on a 'hobby' of sorts that I enjoy a lot. I have a reasonably long commute, approximately 1 and 1/2 hours a day between the trip to work and the trip home. I find the chitter chatter on the radio occasionally interrupted by songs a bit annoying so I skip it. I have never been a huge reader; but I have found this commute to be a perfect time to 'read'. In the past 5 or 6 years I have accumulated over 100 audible audio books and have really enjoyed the break from the radio. If you haven't tried audio books, and you have a time when you can't read but listening would work for you give it a try. -- I finally got a proper macro lens :) but for the life of me couldn't think of a way to esprss this concept in a true macro form.... perhaps next week I will be able to make a true macro using the themes concept --
Looking for some screen-free time, but want to do something as a family? Listening to audiobooks as a family or group activity means when the book is done you can discuss plot lines, interesting characters, unexpected twists or share funny parts of the story with one another.  Audiobooks give parents an opportunity to discover a new book or series with their children/teens and the opportunity to help them understand themes or characters in the book.  Parents will also discover that teen and children’s books are not just for teens and children. They are very engaging for listeners of any age with intriguing characters, complex storylines and touching moments to discover. Road trip with the family? We have heard from many audiobook listeners that regardless of how long the drive is, every passenger will sit silently, wanting to hear the next sentence, paragraph or chapter. To find titles you might enjoy and share, follow this link: 

Whatever your fancy, come into Evanston Gardens and check out what we have on our shelves or jump online and see what OverDrive offers.  You never know, you may actually start looking forward to your weekly chores… or not.

Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy


Children’s Preschool Storytime

This week’s Children’s Preschool Storytime theme is UNICORNS.
Join us tomorrow at Evanston Gardens Library at 10.15 and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and a simple craft to take home.
No need to book, just come along and join in the fun…


Craft-It! on Today at

Join us today for our Craft-it session at the Evanston Gardens Library from 3.30–4.00pm we will be making UNICORNS.
Aimed at Primary School children, the sessions are intended to explore a range of arts and crafts, are free to participate and require no advanced bookings.

What’s Your Dewey? 332.4 Money and More.

Dolly Levi (aka Barbara Streisand) from Hello Dolly, famously said:
“Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, encouraging young things to grow.”
Money forms an integral part of our lives and the pursuit of money has ramifications both obvious and discreet. It has been the case ever since the notion of exchange of goods for services replaced a more communal approach to social structure. If a quick browse through any book store or library is any indication, humans are preoccupied with the topic – there has been so much written about it. Below are a few examples that caught my attention.


Money: Everything You Never Knew About Your Favorite Thing to Find, Save, Spend & Covet by Sandra & Harry Choron
The introduction sets the tone of this readily accessible title. It says about money: ‘We claim that it can’t buy happiness, but Donald Trump’s perpetual smirk belies the point, and of the 685,000 books available on the subject, just about all of them focus on how to get your hands on more of it. This book is the exception.’ Money: Everything You Never Knew About Your Favorite Thing to Find, Save, Spend & Covet  looks at money through history, culture, psychology, old money, new money, other people’s money and concludes with the things money can’t buy. It includes the serious, the seriously funny and some bizarre little known facts about money. Well laid out, easy to read and reference, this title is also available on Kindle.
Click here to preview:


Coined: the rich life of money and how its history has shaped us
by Kabir Sehgal
According to Sehgal in his Introduction to the book, “Every chapter is meant to spark your curiosity, not satisfy it.” Sehgal describes money as a musical note, where-in are “more notes vibrating at other frequencies; we just can’t hear them.” Seghal’s insatiable quest to discover how and why money has become such an integral part of our world is at times fascinating, entertaining, predictable, challenging and informative. Taking readers on his search for the reason behind money’s hold on our lives, he looks at money from its origins of exchange to the financial crisis of 2008. Sehgal concludes money and humans have a symbiotic relationship whereby they constantly change and adapt to each other. A mixed bag of light and entertaining facts and dry economic observations, this book has received varied reviews.

Heads up money.

Aimed at teen readers, Heads Up Money  simply explains the world of money including the global marketplace, financial risks and gains, and free trade. Structured with an FAQ approach,  questions include Who is making money? How do stock markets work?  Can Money buy happiness? What is  supply and demand all about?  and Why don’t banks simply print more money? A book not just for teens I’d say.

Of course some people just like to look at money, and certainly coins and notes from around the world and through history have included some of the best artwork and craftsmanship out there. Here’s where the more comes in.

Although, not strictly speaking, a 332.4, the Standard catalog of world paper money, 1961-present, Modern issues edited by Maggie Judkins is a great book to browse. This 22nd edition features 22,000 variety listings of world bank notes and 13,750 detailed illustrations for easy identification. Contributors to this catalogue include an international team of collectors, dealers, researchers and national bank officials. Arguably the most informed, accurate and all-encompassing resource  for the identification, description and valuation of modern world bank notes.
Click here for a look inside:

Of course , if all you want to do is look at a book that tells you how to make money, there are plenty to choose from – there’s a message in there somewhere…

Children’s Preschool Storytime

Join us tomorrow at 10.15 at Evanston Gardens Library for a special Children’s Preschool Storytime celebrating Library Lovers Day! Children enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and a simple craft to take home. No need to book, just come along and join in the fun …