So your mom says you should read more, but you don’t want to. We get it. But what if you could “read” a book while listening to it? It’s true. Talking books are available now on Tumblebooks, Hoopla, and OverDrive/Libby and you can find them when you visit and use your library card.


Collection of electronic, animated, talking books and Math activities.


Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV!

Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.

Get started today! Signing up is free and easy.


Meet Libby. Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.


This site offers eBooks in the Adobe Reader format and audiobooks. To access eBooks/audiobooks you will need:

  • A valid library card
  • Access to the Internet (outside the library)
  • Free reader software for the device on which you wish to read your eBook

A talking book is a book like “Not ‘Til Tomorrow Phoebe” by Julie Zwillich that has been read aloud and recorded by someone. It’s a great way to hear your favorite story or get some new information while hanging out at home or doing your chores (hint, hint parents love this…lol). They can have pictures like “Golden Threads” by Suzanne Del Rizzo  and some are like watching a show or video like “Chicken, Pig, Cow” by Ruth Ohi. There are even some talking books that let you “turn” the page like “Baby Animals Playing” by Suzi Eszterhas.

Not only can you “read” the books, there are puzzles and games to play.

To borrow a talking book from Charles County Public Library, use your Kids’ Card or regular library card. You’ll need internet service to check out the book, but once you download it to your device you can listen without internet service. Once the book is due, it will automatically be deleted from your device and returned to the library. So no worrying about late fees!

Now what are you waiting for? Your next great adventure awaits or you can learn about something new all from a talking book. Check one out today.