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The Making of a Community Sourced Audiobook


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Thank you to all our Lend Your Voice narrators!

We wanted to extend a big thank you to all the volunteer narrators who lent their voices to our “community sourced” audiobook of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The finished audiobook will be available at www.firstbook.org, with all proceeds going to First Book, a children’s literacy organization that provides books to underprivileged children and their communities.


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More than 300 people lent their voices to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!

We had a fantastic weekend of recording The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at ALA June 25-27, finishing the audiobook just in time on Sunday evening, meeting our goal with 301 total voices! Our “studio” inside OverDrive’s DigitalBookmobile was perfect—most of our narrators-for-a-day were reluctant to leave the mic after only one page, and many nailed it on the first take! We had a lot of fun recording and meeting everyone.


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