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Take audiobooks on the road with Libby, Apple CarPlay

By Staff | Aug 7, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED The Libby reading app is now compatible with Apple CarPlay.

Traveling in the car during summer vacations can be monotonous, but now travelers can enjoy listening to audiobooks more easily than ever. The Libby reading app is now compatible with Apple CarPlay.

The feature allows iPhone users with a valid Sanibel Public Library card to quickly access and control audiobooks through their car’s dashboard and listen through the sound system. The Libby app is also compatible with Android Auto.

“It’s a handy feature, especially at the height of summer travel,” Sanibel Public Library’s Adult Services Coordinator Candy Heise said.

CarPlay allows library patrons to select and navigate audiobooks with large, intuitive controls on the vehicle’s display rather than on the phone. Libby features on CarPlay also include skipping ahead or back, changing the playback speed and pausing. It is supported by every major automobile manufacturer in newer cars and is compatible on iPhone 5 or newer, running iOS 7.1 or newer.

Libby can be used on nearly any e-reader or smartphone device. Readers who have a valid Sanibel Public Library card may browse the library’s digital collection, instantly borrow from thousands of titles and start reading or listening at no extra cost. Once an audiobook is borrowed and on Libby’s shelf, drivers can then access and control the title through CarPlay.

Libby is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows. With Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle” devices and apps. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the two-week lending period and there are no late fees. You can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

The library has been offering downloadable audiobooks since 2012, the eShelf was originally funded with a grant from the Sanibel Public Library Foundation. There were about 75,000 eShelf checkouts in the past year.

“The eShelf has grown over time and is a very popular service; it includes not only audiobooks but also eBooks, movies and music for all ages – adults, teens, youth,” Duane Shaffer, who works in collection development for the Sanibel Public Library, said.

Cardholders can easily stream movies, TV shows, eBooks, audiobooks, comics, and music using the Hoopla Digital App. The library also offers Mango – an online language learning tool. Card holders can download magazines through the RBdigital app. The library also recommends the popular on-demand video streaming service Kanopy, which offers 30,000 documentaries, classic and indie films. The newest service allows users to download or stream millions of songs with the Freegal music app.

For help borrowing from the eShelf, call 239-472-2483 to schedule an appointment with staff.

Come play in the Think Tank on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in August. The MagixBox projects interactive images from the ceiling to the floor. Squish mosquitoes, crush eggs or make a trail of stars. Playing with the MagixBox teaches youths to use modern technology and to cooperate with others.

Children participating in the Summer Reading program must claim earned books by Aug. 10.

For the library’s full event schedule, visit www.sanlib.org.

Library cards are available to residents of Sanibel and Lee County at no charge.

Visitor library cards are available for a $10 annual fee.

The Sanibel Public Library is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 239-472-2483 or visit online at www.sanlib.org.

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road.