Genealogy services

East Morgan County Library News: Digital Resources Abound at Brush Library – The Fort Morgan Times

It seems that after July 4, summer evaporates. A new school year is fast approaching and we are all trying to make the most of our summer holidays. So while you’re making your final road trips or hanging around waiting for your connecting flight to paradise, remember that the East Morgan County Library is here to keep you entertained.

Our plethora of digital resources will keep you busy on that long stretch of highway in the middle of nowhere. Download Hoopla or Libby for free access to thousands of digital audiobooks.

Typical CD audiobooks might not be your style (they’re not mine), but I’ve found so much to love about digital audiobooks. CDs are clunky and difficult to change while driving. Digital audiobooks will simply play continuously from start to finish. Narrators on CD can only speak so fast. Digital audiobooks allow the user to speed up the pace of storytelling (I like 1.3x for most storytellers).

There will be trial and error when it comes to finding the right audiobook for you. Much depends on the narrator. But there are options! Paul Michael, George Guidall, Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are some of my favorite individual storytellers. Each of them has a way of changing their voice slightly for each character in a way that draws you into the story without distracting you.

If you prefer to have a full cast of characters, there are plenty of audiobooks that also have multiple narrators. (“The Help” by Katherine Stockett is one of my all-time favorites.)

There are even audiobook options called Graphic Audios that add another layer on top of the full cast: the music! Graphic Audio’s tagline is: “a movie in your mind” and they live up to that with their music, sound effects and full cast of characters.

Try one of our audiobook options! The best part about using this service is that you can try up to 15 at a time (10 per month with Hoopla and five at a time with Libby). If you don’t like one, try another. And if you realize you don’t like audiobooks in any form at all, both of these services also offer eBook versions of your favorite titles to read when you arrive at your destination. Simply download either app and log in with your library card and PIN to start browsing!

Between your last summer trips, be sure to stop by EMCLD for our ongoing programs. Our summer reading programs are Wednesdays at 3 p.m. These programs are for all ages, and this week we’re decorating cookies and cupcakes! Next week, July 20, we will be hosting an organization called Nature’s Educators. Their mission is to connect people to the environment by teaching about the creatures that share our space. There will be a program and a short demonstration.

For our older children we have our Teen/Tween Book & Movie Club. This month we read “The Swiss Family Robinson” and every Friday at 2pm we will have a themed activity for anyone in grades 5-12 who wants to participate.

The programs don’t stop there! Adults also have their own set of programs.

Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. we will do Gentle Yoga. Join us for chair yoga suitable for all body abilities. Use your newly acquired yoga poses to aid blood circulation and bring those creative juices home with you on Thursdays at 6 p.m. for our Camp NaNo. Follow writing instructions, give (and get) constructive feedback, socialize with other writers, and get tips for writing your own novel.

If non-fiction is more your pace, stop by for our genealogy meeting on Monday, July 18! Our resident genealogist is a source of knowledge for tracing your family history. Whether you’re new to genealogy or a professional stuck in a rut, Nancy has tips and tricks for filling your family tree to the last leaf.

Let EMCLD help you get the most out of your summer vacation! We have services and activities for every age group that we know you will love!

This weekly article is written by staff at the East Morgan County Library in Brush.