August/September 2013

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Listening Librarians® SYNC YA: Not Just for Teens, Not Just for Summer "Downloading every week builds anticipation. And the other thing teens are excited about is they get to keep the audiobooks. " —Kristy Gale, Teen Services Librarian, University Branch, Seattle Public Library. Kristy Gale discovered SYNC YA in 2012, and has been a fan of the free summer downloads ever since. "As a former teacher and middle school librarian, I would have loved to have a program like this to add to suggested or required reading lists, so I shared the SYNC materials on my blog and got hundreds of hits. My readership really spiked. A few librarians I work with replied, 'Thanks, but this is just for teens.' I told them No. Adults who read YA years ago are still into it—and look at the pairings of YA with classic literature. SYNC is a great service for all our patrons." Gale still oversees an interactive media teen book club that she started while she was teen services librarian at the Tacoma Public Library. "We do the traditional stuff—book talking over donuts about what we're reading, titles we recommend to each other. But the other piece is highly creative and selfdirected. I started them on the basics of iMovie and photo editing software, and they just ran with it, to add art to stories they'd written." Listening to Daughter of Smoke and Bone (a 2012 SYNC title) led Kristy to make a video booktalk for her teen book club blog. She hopes to do a book club for slightly older young adults in Seattle. In the meantime, she reaches out to young people who live on the streets or are couch surfing. "I go to places they hang out, and since most have smartphones, they can download the OverDrive app. Audiobooks can really help build confidence, whether you're a struggling reader or a voracious one. When you are approaching new material or new words or names you're not really sure how to pronounce, a great narrator can make all the difference as to whether you will finish the book. I experienced it myself with Rotters by Daniel Krauss (a 2013 SYNC selection). "It's a hefty read and macabre because of its topic—grave robbing—but Kirby Heyborne concocted such compelling voices it's no wonder it got the Odyssey Award."—Priscilla Grant SYNC YA Listening SYNC Now in its fourth summer, SYNC YA is the brainchild of AudioFile editors and is supported by audiobook publishers who generously make downloads available for 12 weeks of summer listening. There's still time to catch the following title pairs: Aug 1 – Aug 7, 2013 Death Cloud by Andrew Lane, read by Dan Weyman (Macmillan Audio) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Ralph Cosham (Blackstone Audiobooks) Aug 8 – Aug 14, 2013 Call to Teachers & Librarians Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, read by Katherine Kellgren (Brilliance Audio) Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, read by Miriam Margolyes (Bolinda Audio) Are you doing exciting things with audiobooks? Nominate yourself or a colleague and we may feature your school or library in AudioFile! (Email Aug 15 – Aug 21, 2013 68 I AudioFile/ Sold by Patricia McCormick, read by Justine Eyre (Tantor Audio) Let Me Stand Alone by Rachel Corrie, read by Tavia Gilbert (Blackstone Audiobooks)

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