I am in the high school library all day on Fridays. As much as I enjoy the little ones, one of my favorite parts of my job is talking about YA fiction to the big kids. Typically on Friday the middle school Language Arts teachers will bring their students in to renew or check out books. Students are welcome to come at any time during the day, but this gets the reluctant reader in the library at least once a week. I enjoy getting to see what kids are reading, recommending books to students, and chatting about the new Shadowhunters tv show (which, in my opinion, is not that great) during this time. Often there is a bit of downtime between classes and this is when I can get work done. Today I was able to finish labeling the remaining books in my last book order so that they are ready to be covered by my library assistant (who has covered the majority of the 1,000+ books I’ve catalogued!).
During these downtimes, I love listening to audiobooks. I have been able to plow through quite a few books by “reading with my ears” while cataloging, processing, labeling, and reorganizing books in both libraries. Today, I finished Winter, the last book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Such a great ending to this series! It’s one of those that when it ended I wanted to demand more. Give me an epilogue, a “19 years later”, something more!
I borrow most of my audiobooks through Tennessee READS, the Regional e-book and Audiobook Download System through one of the local county libraries. If you enjoy e-books or audiobooks and you’ve never heard of READS, you are missing out on a great resource. You have to have a library card from a public library that is connected to this system. Once you have it, create an account over on the READS webpage , use your library card number to connect to your library and start browsing the shelves.
One of my goals this year is to get students signed up for library cards at the county library so they will have access to even more books and audiobooks.
Next up in the audiobook queue: Sugar Skulls by Lisa Mantchev (who, by the way, is quite hilarious and very friendly on Facebook).