Oak Park Public Library to launch Winter Reading Program Monday, Dec. 9

Encouraging everyone to 'Listen to Some Ear Candy' and celebrate the joys of audiobooks

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By Community Editor

COURTESY OF OAK PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY

Oak Park, IL – Winter reading is sweet at the Oak Park Public Library. Join family, friends and neighbors as everyone celebrates the joys of audiobooks, listening and reading aloud together this winter season. Beginning Monday, Dec. 9, Oak Park Public Library cardholders can sign up at any library location to play Ear Candy Bingo, as a family or individuals, and enjoy themed events at all library locations through Friday, Jan. 10.
 
"As part of our Winter Reading Program, families can work together to earn an 'earful' of prizes for each child, toddlers through 6th grade," said Heather McCammond-Watts, Manager of Children's Services. "Even if kids already are independent readers, reading aloud together supports literacy and family bonding," she added.
 
 "Teens and adults can participate as individuals in Winter Reading, especially since the holidays are a perfect time to share great audiobooks, whether traveling or staying at home," said Alexandra Skinner, Adult & Teen Services Librarian. "Everyone can listen to engaging stories in every genre for chances to win a really 'sweet' raffle prize," she added.
 
Ear Candy Bingo has players complete various listening tasks. These tasks cover topics including old time radio, stories about friendship, author-read titles and award-winning audiobooks.
 
All library buildings offer audiobooks on CD. Cardholders can also log in to their library account directly from oppl.org to search and request audiobooks from the SWAN catalog, a multi-type library consortium of 77 public, special, and academic libraries with a combined collection of 1.4 million unique titles and 7.9 million volumes that grows larger every day.
 
In addition, Oak Park Public Library cardholders have direct access to free digital content through:
  • Media on Demand, with thousands of audiobooks. To learn more, visit oppl.org/overdrive
  • Freegal, with millions of songs and music videos. To learn more, visit oppl.org/freegal
All events, listening recommendations and more are available now at oppl.org/winter-reading

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