April/May 2018

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Discover SYNC Here are a few tips to increase the likelihood of teens discovering SYNC (and maybe thinking they found its delights all on their own): • Go to the SYNC website (audio- and read the page under the "about" tab marked "for adults." In addition to information about the rewards of listening and why audiobooks work well for reluc- tant and omnivorous teen readers, you'll find links to two audiobooks for adults: one about effective com- munication between parents and teens (How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teen Will Talk) and the other about reading and its effect on human brain development. • While you're at SYNC, browse the information on other pages, includ- ing the titles of the audiobooks chosen for this year and those from our previous eight seasons. You might well find books you know your teen has enjoyed, and this gives you an opening to suggest SYNC is another way to experience more, more, more! Audiobooks and Literacy Our Summer Listening Program Starts on April 26 AudioFile Magazine's pro- gram for teen summer listening and literacy enhancement celebrates its ninth season in 2018! SYNC: Audiobooks for Teens reached thousands of teens in 2017, and we're looking forward to another great pro- gram this year from April through July. SYNC makes teen-friendly audio- book titles available for downloading, a new pair each week, and is free to all participants. The program is for individuals only, not for institutional library collections, and once the audiobooks are downloaded, the files are "for keeps"—no due dates and no responsibility to return them. This year, SYNC will run for 13 weeks, and that gives teens the possibility of downloading 26 free audiobooks to enjoy all year—and beyond. The thousands of teens who partic- ipate hear about SYNC through our social media and from teachers, librar- ians, and, of course, their friends. What's a good role for parents to take in encouraging participation by teens in the family? If you're an audiobook fan yourself, you may have encour- aged your kids to listen when they were younger by picking out particu- lar titles to share with them in the car or at other family moments. However, getting teens to investi- gate a pastime on parental say-so is not the same. Normal human devel- opment during adolescence means moving away from dependence on parents and looking more to peers (and non-family adults, such as teach- ers) for advice on whether a pursuit is worthy of their time and attention. Even polite teens can be just as likely to reject a suggestion just because it comes from mom or dad as might the teens who overreact to parental endorsements with argu- ments and emphatic dismissal. This state of human development affairs need not become an obstacle to you helping your teens experience the benefits of reading with their ears. Parents can help; it just takes recast- ing of your parental role. No longer the leader, you can become a summer listening guide on the side, someone who can be identified by your teen as aware and knowledgeable about some interesting, fun stuff. 68 n AudioFile/ S Y N C S Y N C TEXT @audiobookSYNC syncYA to 25827 Find SYNC Online! Recast your parental role . . . no longer the leader, you become a summer listening guide on the side. How can parents help teens make use of SYNC? By Francisca Goldsmith

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