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Get Caught Listening

June is AudioRszIn the car, on the treadmill, at the bus stop, or under a tree: The Association of American Publishers (AAP) wants to catch you listening.

June is National Get Caught Listening Month, when audio books —”books for the ears” — are stacked up in the national spotlight and bibliophiles across America share their love of the medium.

For parents on the go or professionals seeking to slow down and soothe stress, an audio book is a portable pastime that suits any schedule.

Sharing the literary world with your children — from Frog and Toad to Anne of Green Gables — can help deepen your bond, open the pathways of communication, and spark a lifelong love of books in new readers.

Accordingly, listening to the lilt and lyricism of the spoken word can help boost your child’s reading scores: The AAP cites a study by The Milken Foundation which underlines how educational programs that “included the use of audiobooks improved children’s reading proficiency more than programs that did not use them.”

Children’s Book Guide Elizabeth Kennedy also applauds the medium, pointing out that audio books benefit children in myriad ways, from helping to build vocabulary to honing comprehension and listening skills.




Smart PayNew River Public Library Cooperative and its member libraries now provide the ability to securely pay fines and fees on a customer’s library account or donate via credit or debit card using Smart Pay.

You’ll need your library card and PIN numbers to log in to SmartPay from the library webpage and retrieve details of your library account. You can see your balance, select items to pay, and securely charge your credit card.


Florida Friendly Climate worskhops

Florida Friendly Landscaping Florida climate landscapes

Bradford County Public Library is hosting a Florida-Friendly Workshop at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 19. The presentation will focus on attracting wildlife. The series of workshops continues on June 9 with a discussion on managing home and yard pests. Colorful summer perennials will be the topic at the workshop on July 7, followed by a talk on recycling yard waste on August 4. The topic of discussion at the final workshop on August 18 is Bradford water sheds and managing storm water runoff.  All of these programs, which are free and open to the public, begin at 10 a.m.