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‘Hunger Games’ audiobook bundle aims to help feed the hungry

News from CNET: Name your own price for this Scholastic audio collection, which also includes “Goosebumps,” “The 39 Clues” and more. facebook linkedin google……………. continues on CNET >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Digital Book World: Categories: Digital Book Wire, Industry News | Tags: android, Audiobooks, barnes & noble, Nook, >>> Read the full article … Read entire article »

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Audio-book readers help students who struggle

News from Arizona Republic: By Bariah Steiner Special for The Republic | azcentral.com Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:27 AM Mike Albert started recording audio books for students who struggle to read about three years ago. The Peoria Unified School District occupational therapist was able to record about two or three a year, until he turned to volunteers. About 50 or 60 volunteers have recorded more than 350 books in the past two years — and he’s always looking for more. Norma Moore and Michael Harding recently attended one of Albert’s one-hour training to get started as volunteers. “I have time on my hands,’” said Moore, a Valley retiree. “They said they needed somebody and I was available.” Harding, a retired pastor in Phoenix, similarly sought ways to help. “When you’re retired you want to find things to … Read entire article »

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Audio books to help blind students of Class VIII

News from Times of India: MYSORE: City-based Shubhodaya Charitable Trust is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that visually challenged schoolchildren face no difficulty in academics. The trust had come out with audio books for visually challenged students appearing for SSLC. Having seen good response, the trust developed audio books for Class VIII too. From 2012-13, Class VIII students will have a new syllabus, and the audio books are expected to help them in a big way. G Balaji, trust’s managing trustee and visually challenged political science professor, said that they faced problems while preparing for exams. “I don’t want students to face similar problems,” he added. Volunteer-teachers from across the state have read the textbooks. Three teachers have read lessons for each subject in the audio book, and over 500 DVDs are … Read entire article »

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Kewanee, Atkinson libraries get grants to help impaired patrons

News from Kewanee Star Courier: Public libraries in Kewanee and Atkinson are among 40 Illinois libraries and community college learning resource centers that will receive equipment to enhance Internet access for patrons with visual or physical impairments by allowing them to download audio books.“Many Illinois public libraries provide services for patrons who have visual or physical limitations that make it difficult to read regular printed materials,” Secretary of State Jesse White said. “I am pleased to be able to provide this equipment that will enable those library users to download audio books through the Internet.”The equipment consists of at least 12 Kindle 4 E-readers, five digital cartridges and five USB cables. The cartridges and cables will help libraries train and assist print disabled patrons to download audio books from the library … Read entire article »

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Kathryn Stockett’s ‘The Help’ and Tina Fey’s ‘Bossypants’ among best audio books

News from Hilton Head Island Packet: Here is a short list of the best in audio book listening experiences: “THE HELP” By Kathryn Stockett (Read by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer and Cassandra Campbell) True confession: I did not read this blockbuster; I listened to the audio, and believe it to be one of the best audio narrations ever produced. (Please note that narrator and award-winning actress Octavia Spencer also played the unflappable Minnie Jackson in the movie adaptation of the book.) Enjoy the trials, tribulations and ultimate triumph of “the help” in 1960s Jackson, Miss. “WHITE TIGER” By Aravind Adiga (Read by John Lee) Talk about an original premise for a novel — an Indian servant-driver writes letters to the premier of China, explaining the Indian entrepreneurial mindset. This satire is a darkly … Read entire article »

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Audio book review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

News from WalesOnline: The Help (audiobook) by Kathryn Stockett (Whole Story Audiobooks, £30.62) The US may now have a black president but it was only 50 years ago when “coloureds” were not allowed to board the same bus or even use the same bathrooms as white people in some states. It is against this backdrop in Jackson, Mississippi that Skeeter, a young white woman with a passion to become a writer decides to interview the town’s black maids and turn their experiences into a book. Her plan changes the town forever as the maids risk their lives and Skeeter social ostracism to tell their stories. Kathryn Stockett has received numerous plaudits for her wonderful and poignant novel which has since been turned into a film and among the narrators of this outstanding audiobook is Octavia Spen……………. … Read entire article »

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Help Your Child Read with Audio Books

News from Fox News: It seems counter-productive doesn’t it, using audio books to help your child learn to read? But the reality is that these “talking” books are a valuable tool when it comes to helping your child develop his or her literacy skills. Research shows that the path to literacy begins at birth. Children raised in a text- and vocabulary-rich environment quickly develop the pre-literacy skills necessary for reading success. This is why parents are strongly encouraged to read to their children for 20 minutes a day. Aside from creating a unique bonding experience, this process teaches children to value the written word and enjoy reading. Best Pix of the Week In fact, the act of listening to a story has an incredibly powerful impact on a child’s literacy skill. Reading aloud to … Read entire article »

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