Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Project Service Project, November: Librivox

OK, I think my week of moping has to be officially over now! Of course it's still hard to deal with my dad being so seriously sick, but I think he'd be among the first people to tell you that you can't just sit down and give up on everything. You've just got to keep going, and more importantly, you've got to look for joy anywhere you can find it. So that's what we'll be doing!

One tried-and-true, no-fail source of joy is service. Helping other people not only makes me happy, it also helps me put my own life and worries into perspective, and forget myself for a little while.

This month I am going to be volunteering with Librivox, an organization working to provide free audio recordings of every book in the public domain. It's not a life-or-death project, but it's one that I believe in. I think that everyone should have access to great literature, regardless of health or financial situation. Librivox makes is working to make this possible.

What I think makes Librivox so unique is that the organization relies on volunteers to do the legwork, so all the recording, proof-listening and cataloging is done by volunteers from their homes all over the world. As it turns out, Librivox only has one recording in Norwegian, so I'm going to be helping them with that. Hopefully I can soon post a link so you can hear my reading!


  1. Hands down, this is the coolest thing I have heard of in my life! I want to hear how you talk!
    0h and bfor I forget and send yet another email your way, what was the name of the software Nick used?

  2. That is so cool!!! What a great project.

  3. I'm so excited to hear that. I'm a huge Librivox fan. Great to listen to Jane Austen while knitting or, gulp, exercising--and FREE!!! Great choice!

    And service doesn't have to be changing surgical bandages to count!