We often think of kids when we think of reading aloud, but adults love stories, too! Studies show that being read to helps reduce stress and anxiety and improve mood.

In addition to the wealth of audiobooks available with your library card, our staff would also like to recommend the following readers and performers:

LeVar Burton ReadsLeVar Burton Reads

This podcast is like Reading Rainbow, but for adults! LeVar Burton selects and reads his favorite short stories.

Patrick Stewart

He has been reading one of Shakespeare’s sonnets each day on Twitter!

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

This Big Read project has been three years in the making, and features several actors, writers and artists. Among them are Jeremy Irons, Tilda Swinton and Iggy Pop. Also, check out the previous Big Read project, Moby Dick.

The Universe in Verse performersThe Universe in Verse

This annual event celebrates the natural world through poetry “performed by a largehearted cast of scientists and artists, astronauts and poets, Nobel laureates and Grammy winners.” Find highlights of the 2020 show and the full 2019 performance at the link above.

Sequestered Soliloquies

Hillsboro theater company Bag & Baggage has joined forces with Portland’s LineStorm Playwrights to present this virtual event. “Over the course of 24 hours, 10 teams (playwright, actor, and director) will create, rehearse, and perform brand-new monologues.” The first event is linked above. The second can be found here.

Portland Story Theater

The goal of this local group is to build community through the true stories of ordinary people.

Jeff BridgesJeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes

Jeff Bridges wants to help you sleep. Would you like The Dude to read to you? Why not?

Sleep With Me

Created and hosted by Drew Ackerman, this podcast features bedtime stories to help you get a good night’s sleep. “Sleep With Me combines the pain of insomnia with the relief of laughing and turns it into a unique storytelling podcast. Through Sleep With Me, Drew has dedicated himself to help those who feel alone in the deep dark night and just need someone to tell them a bedtime story.”