By Andrea Deeken
Hollywood Library assistant,
I have a three-year-old at my house. If you have been around many three-year-olds, you know they can experience Big Feelings. For example, this morning my daughter had a full-blown meltdown because the cheesy eggs she requested for breakfast were too cheesy. Also: her sock was twisted.
It is times like these that I have been saved by Multnomah County Library’s downloadable audiobook collection. House at Pooh Corner, Frog and Toad Are Friends, you name it. With a push of a button we can ease into our day (mostly) meltdown free.
Audiobooks can be an important early literacy tool for children because of the exposure to rich vocabulary. Many titles are also available in book form, which can be helpful for new readers so they can listen and follow along at the same time. What’s more, your kiddo will be occupied with an activity so you can have a moment to yourself if you need it. Imagine that. I have been known to put on an audiobook in the wee hours of the morning just so I can get more sleep. Because in my house, if it’s before 7:00 a.m., I’m sorry, it’s just not wake up time yet.
Here are some current favorites:
Winnie the Pooh series: Great voice work done by Peter Dennis.
Frog and Toad series: Read brilliantly by the author, Arnold Lobel.
Amelia Bedelia: Most of the puns go over my daughter’s head, but still fun to listen to.
Dr. Seuss: Always fun for rhyming and silliness. Many titles to choose from.
Pippi Longstocking: Quirky adventure story with the world’s strongest girl.
The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: Use it in a pinch to get your kid to sleep. Just not while you’re driving (it works on grownups too).
How to access downloadable audiobooks from the library
Hoopla: Download the app or access the site on a computer via multcolib.org. With an email address and your library card number, you can have eight checkouts per month. Instant access to audiobooks, music, movies, and comics. Stream content or download to a device. I love Hoopla.
Overdrive: Download the app or access the site on a computer via multcolib.org. Sign in with your library card number and pin. Fifteen checkouts at a time. Access to downloadable e-books and audiobooks, or stream via an internet connection. Some Overdrive titles can have holds, so not every title is available right away. I love Overdrive.
Questions? Go to multcolib.org and search for the ‘E-books and More’ page. Library staff can also help you anytime. Bring in your device and we can try to troubleshoot on the spot, or you can make a 30-minute Book a Librarian appointment for another day.