New Audiobooks!

The learning commons is thrilled to share that we have recently curated a large collection of audio books for elementary and high school students, on OverDrive eLibrary.  They may be read via SORA our student app or on the desktop version of OverDrive eLibrary.

Why AudioBooks as a Reading Choice?

  1.  They are super easy to use with a tablet or cellphone.  Students can clean the house, or cook dinner while they listen.
  2.  Parents can have quiet time whilst the whole family listens to a read-aloud story.
  3.  Students will enhance reading skills when hearing the spoken word and they will build a much higher word bank than simply reading alone.  When a student reads the same words in a book they will recognize the words based on auditory retention.
  4.  Students can challenge themselves to read more difficult books.
  5. They are fun and entertaining, with famous authors reading many of the new audiobooks.
  6. There is no stigma related to audiobooks as no one can see what you are listening to.
  7. They meet a need for students who are having a hard time learning to read.
  8. Read-Along books offer both the visual text and audio built in and come in many non-fiction topics.

How do I use AudioBooks?

With OverDrive Listen, you can listen to borrowed audiobooks right in your web browser with a single click. There are no downloads or software required; all you need is a compatible web browser.

With OverDrive Listen, you can listen to borrowed audiobooks right in your web browser with a single click. There are no downloads or software required; all you need is a compatible web browser.

  • Click or tap the Play/Pause button to start or stop the player.
  • Swipe right on the book jacket to rewind. Swipe left on the book jacket to jump ahead. The farther you swipe, the further you jump.
    Note: This feature is only available in Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.
  • Click or tap on the book jacket to show the skip and play buttons and hide the timeline.
  • Use the bookmark button to add bookmarks, highlights, and notes to an audiobook.
  • Click or tap speedometer to switch between common playback speeds. Drag down on the button to select a more precise speed.
  • Click or tap sleep timer to set a 30 minute sleep timer (by default). Drag down on the button to select a different sleep timer and make it your default.
  • Use the seek bar to move backward or forward in the audiobook. You’ll also see chapter breaks, bookmarks, and highlights on the timeline.

You’ll find the menu icon in the top-right corner of the audiobook player.

In the menu, you’ll find:

  • Chapters: Browse the audiobook’s table of contents and quickly jump to chapters or parts.
  • Bookmarks: View the bookmarks, highlights, and notes you’ve placed in the audiobook. Click one to return to that part of the audiobook.
  • History: View a list of places you’ve visited during your current listening session. You add entries to this menu by opening a bookmark, scrolling, or selecting a chapter.
  • Tips & Secrets: Find advanced tips and tricks for using OverDrive Listen.

Click or tap the bookmark button to add a bookmark.

Hold the bookmark button while audio is playing to record a highlight.

Recording a highlight. See instructions above.

When you release the bookmark button, the highlighter colors will appear. You can also Make a note on a highlighted passage or a bookmark.

Make a note option. See instructions above.

You can remove a bookmark or highlight from the Bookmarks section of the OverDrive Listen menu. To do so, click and drag or swipe left on a mark and select Remove.

Where do I find AudioBooks in the collection?

In SORA go to the landing page and then scroll down to New Audiobooks.  


On the OverDrive desktop app you can find audiobooks in curriculum and fiction.  You can search via topic or keyword in the search bar and then refine under format on the left hand side of the search page.

Learning Commons staff are here for you!

Cynthia Duncalfe: Curriculum Consultant,
Shandra Wiebe: Physical Learning Commons Administrator,
Beth Johnson: Subscriptions Facilitator,
Pippa Davies: Learning Commons Director and Research Specialist,

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