BELOIT ȁ4; Have you properly reaped the rewards of an audiobook lately?

If not, the Beloit Public Library is here to help you unlock their treasures.

It will be holding AudioCon 2017, a one-day event at the library featuring nationally renowned narrators, a voice competition and more on Saturday, April 1.

AudioCon is a celebration of the spoken word focused on audio books, said Beloit Public Library Outreach and Communications Coordinator Andrea Levine.

ȁc;Audiobooks are another way to get entertainment. Itȁ9;s fun and something you can use if driving in a car, or if you donȁ9;t have time to read,ȁd; Levine said. ȁc;It also helps kids learn language better if they are hearing as well as reading. Audio books are just a lot of fun and we want to share the fun.ȁd;

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. in the meeting room. For a full listing of events visit http://beloitlibrary.org/content/audiocon.

From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 12:45 - 3 p.m. there will be a Hoopla/Overdrive Training in the Riverside Room. Hoopla and Overdrive are online sites where people can check out eBooks, audiobooks and more for free using their library cards.

From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. there will be listening stations set up around the library where people can listen to samples of audiobooks.

Special guest Deb Taylor from the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore will talk about ȁc;Reading with Your Ears.ȁd;

Award-winning narrators Dion Graham and Jayne Entwistle also will be speaking at AudioCon 2017.

Graham, from HBO's ȁc;The Wire,ȁd; also narrates ȁc;The First 48ȁd; on A&E. An Audie Award winner and critically acclaimed actor and narrator, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series.

Entwistle founded the improv company Big City Improv in San Francisco. She teaches, directs and performs improv with Patrick Bristowȁ9;s company Improvatorium in Los Angeles, California. She also narrates audiobooks for Random House winning awards for her work on the popular Flavia De Luce series. She can be seen and heard in national commercials, animations and video games.

Levine said the Great Storytelling Voice Competition will be held from 2:15 - 3 p.m. Contestants will be able show their storytelling skills by reading a passage of a story aloud. Just like in "The Voice," a panel of judges will be able to hear, but not see, the contestants. Each performer has the opportunity to read a 2 minute selection aloud. Those interested should call 364-2905 to sign up.

Levine said parents who really get into it while reading to their kids may want to try the event or other enthusiastic readers. The winner will receive a trophy.

Levine encourages people to enjoy audiobooks.

ȁc;I used to not read them at all, but once I started I didnȁ9;t stop,ȁd; Levine said.