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Off the Shelf: Books on the Go

In honor of June, Audiobook Month, we need to talk about listening to books. I am a longtime audiobook enthusiast, so I may be a little biased, but if you haven’t started listening to your favorite books yet, what are you waiting for? Give audiobooks a try!

Everyone is once again on the go after the past year of staying close to home. Listening to an audiobook is an entertaining way to get your reading in while driving somewhere. New Ulm Public Library has a whole section of audiobooks in the upper level in the nonfiction area. You will find both fiction and nonfiction selections right above the stairway, or if you ride the elevator to the second floor, you will see them as you exit the elevator. While you’re near the audiobooks, be sure to take a look at our display highlighting award-winning audiobook narrators. The voice of the narrator really does make a difference in your enjoyment (or not) of the book.

If you decide to listen to an audiobook on your next road trip, here are a few nonfiction books that have recently been added to our audiobook collection.

“Facing the Mountain: True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II” by Daniel James Brown – Bestselling author of “The Boys in the Boat” (940.541 Brown)

“Killing the Mob” by Bill O’Reilly (364.1 O’Reilly)

“Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race” by Walter Isaacson (576.5 Issaacso)

“Broken (In the Best Possible Way)” by Jenny Lawson (921Lawson)

“Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things” by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant (031.02 Clark)

“Greenlights” by Matthew McConaughey (921 McConau)

“Gentle on my Mind” by Kim Campbell (920 Campbel)

You may say “But, my car doesn’t have a CD player.” No problem, you can download audiobooks through the Libby app on your smartphone and listen to them that way. Library Reference staff would be happy to help you get the Libby app all set up and show you how it all works. Please ask at the Service Desk or give the library a call (507-359-8331) if you would like to set up a time to have us help you.

And, Yes! It is still considered reading if you listen instead of holding a physical book! Give audiobooks a try on your next road trip, I think you will be surprised how fast the time goes when you are listening to a good book.

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