Listen Up!

Audio (and e-book) resources at the Kayhi Library

Alaska Digital Library - LIBBY

Formerly known as Listen Alaska, this site hosts numerous ebook & audiobook choices. The new app is called LIBBY. You'll need your library card #. ALWAYS choose KPL. Libby will remember your log in.

Find it HERE.


This site features a few titles used frequently at Kayhi: Lord of the Flies, The Outsiders, Touching Spirit Bear.

Available to only Kayhi staff & students.

Student logins: OASIS # pw is ki***

Staff logins: LastF pw is Ki***

Find it HERE.



Former school librarian, and fellow 2009 Newbery Committee member Rose Brock recently completed doctoral research on audiobooks. (She is now an assistant professor at Sam Houston State University.) Her research is linked above, and is summarized with the following statement:

“While there are challenges that need to be overcome, the research and the findings of this study indicate that audiobooks and their benefits are a vital component of literacy for all learners.”


While looking for a link to Rose’s research, I also found an excellent study from AASL: “Use of Audiobooks in a School Library and Positive Effects of Struggling Readers’ Participation in a Library -Sponsored Audiobook Club”. The summary statements were powerful!

“Analysis of the responses to post-participation qualitative interview questions revealed that, in contrast to their pre-study responses, participants expressed a belief in themselves as “good readers.” The question was asked, “Are you a good reader?” and 93 percent said “Yes.” Responses included:

“Yes, I am now.”

“Yes, I can read big books like my classmates.”

An overwhelming number of participants self-reported that they were now good readers. This represented a major shift in their attitudes toward their own reading abilities, a shift that the researchers suspect was a direct result of exposure to audiobooks. “

One more piece that jumped out at me while browsing: “The survey results are in! Are you listening?” This piece discusses a survey sent to public and school libraries, and also includes a link to a spring webcast on audio reader’s advisory.

About the Author

I am a school librarian in Ketchikan, Alaska. This flyer was published as part of the Alaska Association of School Librarians travel grants program and updated on 12/18/19.