Freebie Friday: Webinars boost discovery of new & classic audio & print titles

Play's the Thing

Literature lovers can find totally FREE online events to pursue live or archived suggestions for terrific titles across genres. Sign up TODAY for the upcoming “The Play’s the Thing (on Audio)” webinar on May 15, where Stacy Keach— accomplished actor of stage and screen—will discuss what it’s like to record plays live and how the ultimate goal of turning the recording into an audio performance for listeners worldwide colors his experience. He will be joined by L.A. Theatre Works’s Producing Director Susan Loewenberg and Kaite Stover, Director of Readers’ Services from the Kansas City Public Library, who will offer tips on introducing listening experiences to your patrons. Moderated by Audio Publishers’ Association President Michele Cobb, with an introduction and closing by Joyce Saricks, Booklist Audio Editor.

Booklist offers frequent one-hour audio + PowerPoint presentations that can be watched live – here are the upcoming webinars – or at any convenient time by visiting the archived list of well over one hundred past webinars. Each webinar includes a link to a spreadsheet of the recommended titles, and occasional publisher freebies such as posters. Some of the webinars are audiobook specific, such as the upcoming May 15 event or the “New Audios for the New Year” roundup of 2014’s hottest new audiobooks. Other general interest webinars will often include both print & audio recommendations, such as fiction & nonfiction audios suggested in the “New Common Core Connections” event. And all readers will learn about titles in their favorite genres, such as the #mysterymonth feature “Mysteries and Thrillers: Pulse-Pounding Picks for Your Patrons,” where audiobooks are included on the title spreadsheet.

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Ther’s no mystery about where to find great new suggestions for reading or listening – just sit back, get online, and start clicking Booklist’s webinars!

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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