Sit down and ‘read’ a good (audio)book

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Audiobook readers, put your hands up…unless you’re driving.

I love audiobooks. If not for the commute to and from work, I would find it very difficult to get much reading in. And, since I happen to have a library card, I use it to get as many audiobooks as I can fit into my daily drive.

Your library card can get you into audiobooks either as books on CD, playaways, or on your device through the Digital Library. There are several databases in the Digital Library that will allow you to download and listen to audiobooks; OverDrive, Hoopla, RB Digital, and even Freegal Music, but my favorite is RB Digital. They have over 34,000 audiobook titles with unlimited availability. In other words, you don’t have to place holds because our patrons can check out unlimited copies of electronic audiobooks through RB Digital. There are never any late fees and it’s easy to use. Download the app to make it even easier. To learn more, check out our website feature on the homepage at ebonnerlibrary.org.

The following classes and events take place at the East Bonner County Library District Sandpoint Branch, 1407 Cedar St. unless otherwise indicated.

East Bonner County Library District schedule

• Fridays — Explore virtual reality (reserve sessions), 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; reserve a 15-minute session in the VR room at ebonnerlibrary.org/Events on the event listing. Information: Contact the Tech Desk 208-263-6930, ext.1251.

• Fridays — Teen Role Playing Games, 3-5 p.m., Room 102. Teens play Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and other RPGs. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1245; or kimber@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Fridays — M.A.C. (Manga/Anime Club) for Teens, 3-5 p.m., Room 102. Celebrate fandom at The Library. Read, write, and watch your favorite manga and anime with other enthusiasts. Information, 208-263-6930, ext. 1245; or kimber@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Saturdays in November ­— Visual Commun-ication Skills and American Sign Language. 10:30 a.m. in the VR Room. Open your eyes for a hands on workout in communication skills. Welcome anyone struggling with hearing loss or anyone interested in learning about American Sign Language and the visual culture of the deaf community. Open to new students until third class. Registration or permission for course required after October 19. Information: Susan Schaller, susan.schaller@gmail.com.

• Saturday, Nov. 9 — SHS eSports at The Library, 1 p.m., in the Rotary Teen Lounge. Making eSports available to high school gamers by facilitating healthy competition on a varsity level in a comfortable environment is the mission of the HSEL. The Library is partnering with the SHS eSports team to further that mission. Information: kimber@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Saturday, Nov.9 ­— Family Reading Week party, 2-3:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Celebrate family reading with a visit from Wild Thing! Enjoy a scavenger hunt, storytime, free books, open play with blocks and marbles, a building challenge, geography trivia, crafts, snacks, and more! Plus, it’s the official kick-off of the Winter Reading Challenge — sign up to earn prizes. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1211; or suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Saturdays — Explore virtual reality (reserve sessions), 2-4 p.m.; reserve a 15-minute session in the VR room at ebonnerlibrary.org/Events on the event listing. Information: Contact the Tech Desk 208-263-6930, ext.1251.

• Monday, Nov. 11 ­— Closed for Veterans Day.

• Tuesdays — Mother Goose, 10 a.m. in Karen’s Room. Stories and singing for babies and toddlers 0-3 years old and their caregivers with stay & play until 10:40 a.m. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1211; or suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Tuesdays — Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m., in Karen’s Room. Stories and crafts for kids and their caregivers. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1211; or suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Tuesdays — Explore virtual reality (drop-in sessions), 3-6 p.m., drop-in 15-minute sessions. First come, first served. All ages welcome. Under 18 must accompany parent consent form. Youth under 10 years old must be accompanied by parent/legal guardian. Information: Tech Desk, 208-263-6930, ext.1251.

• Tuesdays in November — NanoWriMo Write-In, 3-7 p.m. in the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation Community Room A. NanoWriMo is a challenge for authors to write 50,000 words during the month of November. The Library is holding weekly Write-Ins for fellow writers to gather and support each other in their NanoWriMo quest. All ages and abilities welcomed. The goal is to write as many words as possible to develop your story - this is not an editing session. This is not a workshop or critique session. Coffee and caloric fuel provided by the Library. Facilitated by the Sandpoint Chapter of the Idaho Writers League. More information: Mike Bauer, 208-265-2665.

• Wednesdays — Clark Fork Mother Goose, 10:30 a.m. at the Clark Fork branch library; stories, rhymes, and music for toddlers and their caregivers followed by 20 minutes of play time. Information: 208-266-1321.

• Wednesdays — Clark Fork Storytime, 11:30 a.m., Clark Fork branch library. Stories, music, and crafts geared to ages 3-8. All welcome. Information: 208-266-1321.

• Wednesday, Nov. 13 — Paper airplanes, 2:30 p.m. at@the East Bonner County Library District’s Sandpoint branch, 1407 Cedar St., in Karen’s Room. Make and fly paper airplanes. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1211; or suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Wednesdays — Teen Lounge Passive Pop-Up Programs, 4 p.m. in the Rotary Teen Lounge. Teen-driven art, engineering, robots, and science projects and workshops. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1245; or kimber@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Wednesday, Nov. 13 — 3D Printing Community, 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the computer area. The Nov. 27 session is canceled due to pre-Thanksgiving early closure. Drop in the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month if you’re interested in 3D printing. Collaborate with others or learn more from staff about 3D printing and design. Some computer space will be reserved for the program. Open to all ages and skill levels. Infoormation: 208-263-6930, ext. 1251.

• Thursday, Nov. 14 — Puppet Tales, 10:30 a.m. in Karen’s Room. Come listen to puppet, cutting, and drawing stories. All welcome. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1211; or suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Saturday, Nov. 16 — Concert: Brad Keeler, 2 p.m. in the Community Room. Brad Keeler is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, composer, and interpreter of vintage music. For this concert, he will be presenting music from the Great Depression, including folk music, country music, blues, as well as songs from Broadway and Hollywood. He will be playing six-string guitar, open-back banjo, tenor banjo, National Resophonic guitar, and harmonica. This is a free concert sponsored by The Library and Sandpoint Friends of the Library. Information: 208-265-2665.

• Now through Sunday, Dec. 1 — Clark Fork Autumn Reading Program — for all ages. Read between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1 and record the name of each book, full magazine, or book on tape with the author’s name. For each completed item, earn a library bidding dollar for use in the Holiday Silent Auction held on Dec. 6 and 7. Information: 208-266-1321.

• Winter Reading Challenge — Register at ebonnerlibrary.beanstack.org for the first of three winter reading challenges. Our first one is a Holiday Challenge, from Nov. 4 through Dec. 13. Read and complete holiday-related activities to earn books and drawing entries. Drawing prizes include robots, knitting looms, and legos. Separate January and February Challenges will follow in the new year. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1211; or suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Teen Winter Reading Challenge — Runs Nov 1 - Feb 29. Fun new format and great prizes. Visit ebonnerlibrary.beanstack.org for more information and to register. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1245; or kimber@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Rotary Teen Lounge — Open to seventh-12th graders from any school/homeschool; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 2-6 p.m., and Fridays, 2-5 p.m. Information: kimber@ebonnerlibrary.org, or 208-263-6930, ext. 1245.

• StoryWalk — Pages from a children’s book are posted along a trail for a fun, family experience. Enjoy “Over the River & Through the Woods” by Linda Ashman at Dover City Park and “Time to Sleep” by Denise Fleming at McNearney Park. Read, connect, and get outside at a StoryWalk, a partnership of The Library, Kaniksu Land Trust, city of Dover, and city of Ponderay. For more information, visit Facebook.com/BonnerStoryWalk.

Marcy Timblin is in charge of public relations, marketing & community development for the East Bonner County Library District. She can be reached at 208-208- 208-208-263-6930, ext. 1204.

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