PENINSULA - Enrich your daily commute or your session on the treadmill by listening to an audio book that you've downloaded free from the Timberland Library Web site.

A new Timberland Regional Library service allows library cardholders to download audio books from the Web site at ( and listen to them on their home Windows PC computers or portable audio devices.

"This is an exciting way for the library system to expand its electronic services. Downloading library audio books is convenient and it's free," said TRL Director Jodi Reng.

A wide range of fiction and nonfiction is available. Relax with the latest James Patterson thriller or Debbie Macomber romance. Catch a classic such as "My Ántonia" by Willa Cather or "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson. Or learn something new with a biography, business, self-development, history or travel title. You can even learn a new language such as Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian and many other world languages through available books.

The first time you use the service you must download free software that is provided on the library's downloadable audio book Web page at Then, with a Timberland library card, a person can choose a title from the audio book catalog and download it to a home PC. The book can then be transferred to a portable audio device. Some titles can be burned to CDs.

Audio books can't be downloaded to library PCs. The software does not support all devices and because computers and portable electronic devices are so varied, library staff does not give technical advice. Instructions for downloading, a quick start guide, detailed help and a list of compatible computers and portable audio devices are all on the audio book Web page.

The Timberland Library in Ilwaco is located at 158 First Avenue North, phone 642-3908; the library in Naselle is at 4 Parpala Road, phone 484-3877; in Ocean Park the library is at 1308 256th Place, phone 665-4184; in Raymond the library is at 507 Duryea Street, phone 942-2408; and in South Bend the library is located at 1st and Pacific Street, phone 875-5532. Stop by or call by one of the local branches for more information.

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