Any Canadian public library can borrow and use an Audio Recording Kit (ARK) from NNELS and any person in Canada can volunteer to record an audiobook for NNELS.
With help from your library, you'll have everything you need to record a book: a computer, a space, recording equipment, and good software.
All you need to provide is yourself, some time, and a good book.
Unless your partner library offers otherwise, you will need to do most of the work yourself: from engaging the library to finding a book, and then learning to use the recording software and editing and uploading your final book. You may wish to pair up with someone to split up the work, with one person reading and another working the computer, for example, but that is up to you. Many individuals produce and record books on their own, from beginning to end.
Here are the specific things you will need to do:
You might already know which book you want to read, but we have to approve it first. If a book is "commercially-available" (that is, available for purchase somewhere), we are not permitted to make our own recording. Also, many children's books rely on illustrations to tell a story. If the story is heavily dependent on illustrations, it's probably not a great candidate for recording.
Want to know more? We have just the thing: more information about choosing books to record.
Here are some of reasons people have given for recording books for NNELS: