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It’s road trip season again and keeping your family entertained during that long car trip is no small feat. But fear not! We have some boredom-buster ideas to add to your bag of tricks that will lead to happy travels for both kids and parents. Use your library card to keep costs down with these free ideas perfect for all ages.

If you haven’t yet discovered Beanstack through our website, now is the time. In addition to using Beanstack to participate in the Summer Reading and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KBBK) programs, Beanstack has recommended apps perfect for each age. Begin by creating a Beanstack account and add all of the readers in your family. Curated by librarians, these apps may be found under “Recommendations.”  Load them on your tablet and get ready for some road trip fun!

Audio eBooks are another great way to pass the time, but it may be difficult to find something the whole family will enjoy. These suggestions will keep a wide range of ages happy, and even parents will love them. Enjoy a story brought to life in audio eBook by downloading the Libby app by Overdrive to a smartphone or tablet. With just a few taps, your family can be listening to a new story in moments. Please remember you will only need Wi-Fi during the download process. Once loaded onto your Apple or Android device, no data or Wi-Fi is required! If you prefer, we also have a wide array of books on CD that are sure to delight.

If your child would rather have a book to hold, consider our collection of VOX Books.  These new read-along books are equipped with an audio box that will read aloud to children while they follow along. Enhanced with music and noises to alert kids to turn the page, this new offering is full of fun. To help keep peace in the car, young readers have the option of listening with the speaker or using headphones.

So, remember to bring your library card on your next family road trip! Our online services are always open. We may just be the most valuable card in your wallet.