June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

10 Ways To Avert the Summer Slide | Tech Tidbits

From fanfiction to QR codes, Phil Goerner offers tips and resources to help librarians working with teens to combat the summer slide.

Your YAs are going to want to hear this: Audiobook SYNC is back

It’s back! Now in its 9th annual season, Audiobook SYNC just announced its free book pairings for teen listeners for this spring and summer.  You can dig into the first of the weekly pairings on April 26th. at 7:00 PM Eastern. Each week from April 26 through July 25, SYNC will release two high-interest titles for young adult readers. […]

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

Battle summer slump with two programs: Summer Sparks and SYNC

Looking for a way to beat the summer reading slump?  Check out these two programs to help kids of all ages keep their reading going all summer long.   1. Summer Sparks Classroom teachers and librarians are invited to join our friends Buncee and Capstone Publishing in their first Summer Sparks Reading Contest designed to […]

Free Audiobooks for Teens from SYNC, Starting April 27

For the eighth year, SYNC is offering a free summer audiobook program for teens 13 and older.

Audiobooks and the Summer Reading Push | Tech Tidbits

Audiobooks are just what teens need to combat the summer slide. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares the top free resources to offer over the break.

SYNC Offers Free Audiobooks All Summer Long

June’s “Audiobook Month” is just ending, and what better way to extend it than to participate in SYNC’s free audiobook program for teens? Now in its fourth year, this program offers young adults the opportunity to download two free audiobook every week from May 15 to August 13.

Summer SYNC Line-up announced

SYNC is back.  So make sure your favorite kiddos have their ear-buds ready for reading this summer.  Please also share this news with your favorite teachers. Beginning on May 15, the SYNC program, associated with the Audiobook Community, will offer teens weekly selections of free digital audiobooks pairings.  Each audiobook pair consists of a current […]

Capstone Adds YA Imprint; Ezra Jack Keats Awards Announced | News Bites

Capstone adds YA “Switch Press” imprint. Register your Día programs. Ezra Jack Keats Awards announced. Baker & Taylor integrates Blackboard Learn. LEAP For Libraries grants. In the Margins top 10 list. SYNC free audiobooks. Alexandria Library Automation System now supports MakinVia.

Audio Artist: Up Close with Katherine Kellgren

“Audio is a great doorway to a love of literature,” says Katherine Kellgren, award-winning young adult audiobook narrator, lifelong audiobook listener, and supporter of a SYNC, the free YA audiobooks program. SLJ caught up with Kellgren for a candid chat about her start in the field, the joys—and challenges—of narrating YA literature, the importance of audio in boosting kids’ literacy, and her upcoming projects. Kellgren even stopped by our offices to record a few video segments.

SYNC Offers Free YA Audiobooks All Summer

SYNC is back in session again this year, offering two free complete YA audiobook downloads every week from May 30 to August 21. This is the third year for the program, in which a contemporary young adult audiobook is paired thematically with a classic audiobook title.