Friday, June 4, 2010

Consider adopting an audio book

Audio book use at Fauquier County public libraries has increased dramatically over the last few years, but, purchasing the audio materials to loan out is taking a hefty bite out of the library’s already reduced book budget.

This year the library’s book budget was reduced by $93,000. Donors have rallied and sent in more than $7,600 since February 2010, most of which is earmarked to purchase books and magazine subscriptions.

But use of audio books on CD increased 75 percent from FY 2007 through FY 2009, signaling a growing need for these resources, too. The demand is due in part to the large number of commuters in the county, but audio books are also used to teach a multitude of subjects to children and adults, and they are a treasure for the elderly and visually impaired. Audio books are perfect for families to listen to on long road trips too.

Because of the growing need, coupled with cuts in funding, beginning this month, all of the county’s libraries are seeking people to “adopt” audio books. Donors may choose from a list of the library’s top 25 list of audio books up for adoption. The lists are posted at all of the branches. Donors will receive cards in the mail confirming their gifts and, with the donors’ permission, acknowledgments will be placed on the items donated.

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