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Volunteer with NNELS

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

We wouldn't be a network without all the people who make us, and public libraries, happen.

Here is a list of our current projects:

1. Record an Audiobook for Kids

Have you ever dreamt of recording an audiobook? Here's an opportunity to do just that! You'll work with your local library to borrow one of our audio recording kits, and record a children's book that will be available to readers with print disabilities all across Canada and possibly, someday, all around the world.

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2. Review Kids' Picture Books for Audiobook Volunteers

Do you enjoy reading kids' books? We sure do! But we can't read them all. Before a book can be recorded for the NNELS collection, we need to make sure the books are suited for audiorecordings. Sometimes we receive lists of books -- recommended reads for summer reading clubs, for example, or Governor General's Literary Award nominees -- and we need help deciding which ones to ask volunteers to record. If you'd like to help read some books in French, English, Indigenous languages, or other languages, let us know!

3. Provide Feedback on Sample Recordings

Before people record their first children's picture book for NNELS, we ask them to send us a sample recording to make sure things are working properly (recording volume, enunciation, etc.). If you have working ears, experience with Audacity, and a little time and interest, pelase write to us!

4. Proof-Listen to Audiobooks

Sometimes we receive or purchase books that need a listener to ensure there are no problems. Depending on your interest and skills, projects can include checking over volunteer-read books, revewing other new or converted books to check for obvious errors, or, for those interested in a more technical experience, editing audio files directly.

Sound interesting? Please send us an email and tell us where you think you might fit.

5. Help Improve Book Records on our Website

NNELS books come from many sources and sometimes they're missing important information like an audiobook's run-time and narrator, and sometimes books arrive without book descriptions, subjects, or genres. Adding this information helps make it possible for people to find good books. If you're interested in helping improve our book records, we'd love your help.

To get started, please drop us a line!

Thanks again for your interest!