Literacy

Technology Update: Mac Access to SYNC Downloads

Technology Update: Mac Access to SYNC Downloads

Read More In recent weeks, we have been hearing increased concerns from SYNC fans about how recent changes in technology may affect your previously downloaded SYNC audiobooks, and/or affect future access to our annual summer program. To address your concerns, we bring you this update which contains information pulled from a variety of relevant sources.
What Is Listening--Really?

What Is Listening--Really?

Read More We frequently note the importance of improving listening skills as a route to better social and civic engagement. What exactly happens when we listen, in distinction to what hearing means?
Put Some Hand Snacks Near Your Headphones

Put Some Hand Snacks Near Your Headphones

Read More While many people consider audiobook listening to be a sidelight of a physical activity to which they are giving priority in their planning--whether the mundane tasks of cleaning house or the aspirational ones of training for a marathon--a lot of times audiobook listening happens when we're sitting around.
You Can't Listen in a Hurry

You Can't Listen in a Hurry

Read More There ae some things we can do in a hurry and some that, when we hurry, no longer can be done. While we can eat and drink in a hurry, we need to slow down to savor what we eat or drink. We are generally pretty good at reacting in a hurry and less good at crafting the best response when we hurry to supply one instantly.
World Kid Lit Month in SYNC Reflections

World Kid Lit Month in SYNC Reflections

Read More September is a lot of things, including National Library Card Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s also World Kid Lit Month so we took a look back at the 10 years of free audiobooks we’ve offered to see how many came from beyond the US. With just 10 days left in the month, you still have time to go back through your collection and listen to some World Kid Lit:
Teens Listen Back in Time

Teens Listen Back in Time

Read More For those who are in constant want of new narrative listening, the world of podcasts is rich and deep--and free! This week we remind you of a couple such podcasts that speak specifically of and through teens who are using their voices and their ears to examine teen history.
Audiobook Actors Outside the Booth

Audiobook Actors Outside the Booth

Read More Our host, AudioFile Magazine, is featuring the vast array of day jobs audiobook narrators hold, or have held, beyond their work in the booth. We think teens will be amazed by some of the possibilities for their own pursuit.
What's Next?

What's Next?

Read More By now, you may be in possession of as many as 28 new audiobooks for your listening enjoyment. SYNC's 2019 season of free audiobooks has run its course. However, we don't disappear when the season ends. What can you expect until the free audiobooks start up again next spring?
Support Beyond Free Audiobooks

Support Beyond Free Audiobooks

Read More With less than a week to go before SYNC 2019's opening day on April 25, we have some bells and whistles to share. First of all, if you have any questions about the OverDrive interface needed to access the 28 free audiobooks throughout the summer, be sure to register for next week's free webinar. If you're in a position to help others with access issues, the webinar will also be helpful as we'll explain some of the "why's" you might be asked.
Promoting SYNC Locally?  Be Authoritative!

Promoting SYNC Locally? Be Authoritative!

Read More We love seeing the publicity pieces many of you are compiling and promoting locally to draw attention to SYNC! Thank you! To make sure we all have our facts straight, let’s review some of our own publicity so that yours can be accurate.
Let's Discuss

Let's Discuss

Read More Our weekly audiobook pairs typically share themes while contrasting in treatments by the authors of those themes and providing different narration styles. That makes each pair a good choice for discussion groups! If you plan to include programming or class time to such discussions, we have some tips to help you get listeners engaged in taking that next step from personal experience of an audiobook into talking about listening’s effects.
The Power of Pairing

The Power of Pairing

Read More During each week of the SYNC season, we place two thematically related audiobooks on offer and for keeps. Why a pair? We have lots of reasons and are sure you’ve discovered a few more, if you are a SYNC veteran.
Challenge Your Listening

Challenge Your Listening

Read More Our host AudioFile Magazine has created a new year's celebration challenge for audiobook listeners. This challenge allows anyone who wants to give themselves a bit of a push the opportunity to decide how much of a listening push works for them.
Looking for Your Teen Audiophiles

Looking for Your Teen Audiophiles

Read More We're just now through the first half of November and are delighted to tell you that next summer's program is already taking shape. As of now, we already have the first baker's dozen of titles for our 2019 program.
Power in a Personal Library

Power in a Personal Library

Read More Many of us involved in developing, maintaining, and spreading the word about AudiobookSYNC as an annual program for teen listeners are also big believers in libraries and their collections. Free access to a vast array of choices underwrites our--and teen--access to unbounded intellectual freedom.
Literacy for Civic Engagement

Literacy for Civic Engagement

Read More As teachers and librarians know, literacy is a lot more than reading: it's a whole suite of skills that allow the literate person to reach beyond what they know from personal experience, to discover information and ideas, and to use these to understand more and better about the world and themselves. Whether the literacy skills involve visual reading, listening reading, video observation, or critical evaluation of directions, being literate provides teens and adults with the ability to make social changes through civic engagement.
Conversation Can Help

Conversation Can Help

Read More Banned Books Week is a celebration of intellectual freedom, our right to read (including reading with our ears), with the annual publication of titles that have had to be defended against would-be censors. Ever wonder why so many books appearing on the annual Banned Books Week list were published for children and youth?
5 Ways Audiobooks Make Good Readers Better

5 Ways Audiobooks Make Good Readers Better

Read More By the time we're in our teens, we're expected to be able to read not only books but also complex directions, ingredient labels, news accounts, and more both fluently and with a good grasp of the content as well as how that content might be meaningful. Reading is a part of every high school course, including mathematics, art, and vocational track programs. Teens who read with facility, however, may have fallen into the habit of speed reading or skimming, neglecting nuances that are, in fact, important to comprehension of the text in full. Listening to audiobooks--at the speed each was intended to be played--can help good readers become better critical thinkers, empathizers, and engaged citizens. Here's why and how:
Listening in August

Listening in August

Read More Today's the last day to respond to our survey. While we await the final submissions and work through them all, we've asked you on various social media channels to share what's in your headphones right now.
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