Calibre Audio Library is a national charity that brings audiobooks to those unable to access print because of dyslexia, sight loss or another disability that prevents them from holding a book. Our library has around 11,000 audiobooks; all are unabridged, recorded by professional actors and broadcasters and available for unlimited borrowing by our members.
Do you need key texts in audio?
One in ten have dyslexia*, and this can create additional strains and challenges throughout their education and beyond. Calibre is here to support these students. We know how important it is for children to keep up with their peers, enabling them to contribute in class, and it is vital we reflect this in our library’s catalogue.
So Shakespeare, Dickens, Hardy, Bronte? We have them at the ready. Meera Syal and Kazuo Ishiguro? Their books too. William Golding and George Orwell? Of course! Birdsong, Atonement, The Great Gatsby, Rebecca, The Go-Between… the list goes on.
The love and importance of reading is not limited to those on the curriculum, and nor is our library. We are constantly adding new titles and we have worked hard to ensure we offer the books that English teachers and students alike have told us are unmissable, such as these:
• The Fault in Our Stars
• The Penderwicks
• Never Let Me Go
• The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
• The School of Good and Evil
• Of Mice and Men
• Anne of Green Gables
• To Kill a Mockingbird
• Little Women
• I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
And of course, any library would be incomplete without such staples as the Harry Potter series, Veronica Roth’s the ‘Divergent’ Trilogy and Malorie Blackman’s ‘Noughts & Crosses’.
Calibre Audio Library
Our audiobooks are grouped by key stage and study level for guidance, but members can browse and borrow across all categories (restrictions are in place on unsuitable material for children). Books can then simply be streamed online or downloaded on Calibre’s free app – or they can be borrowed by our free postal service on MP3 CD and memory stick if preferred.
We offer a group membership package for an annual fee of £18 per student (inc. VAT). Alternatively, if you feel it better meets your needs you can buy individual lifetime memberships for a one-off payment of £20 per child (£35 for adults).
To join or for more information contact our membership services team on 01296 432339 or visit our website, www.calibre.org.uk.