What's Next?

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 1, 2019
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?

When teachers and parents recoil

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, November 1, 2018
Whether or not you're a fan of audiobook listening for your own narrative enjoyment or learning, if you read our SYNC blog even in the off-season, you recognize both the appeal of the format and its role in encouraging youth to engage with well constructed and well performed literature. What do you do when that recognition you have becomes the doormat for someone else's heavy-booted rejection of this combined literary-performance art form?

5 Ways Audiobooks Make Good Readers Better

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, September 20, 2018
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:

Heading Back to School as a Listener

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 23, 2018
Schools are opening everywhere for the 2018-2019 academic year. As you head back after a summer of SYNC, prepare to discover that you've learned more than just the content in your free audiobooks.

SYNC audiobooks and civic engagement

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Friday, November 18, 2016
How is it that a program that seems to encourage the experience of building a personal collection and listening to audiobooks as an individual also encourage civic engagement? We've seen how that happens as many of you shared your support work with teens in accessing SYNC in 2016.

Digging through audiobook opinions

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, October 27, 2016
Have you been paying attention to the increasing variations in opinions from editorial and blog writers about how to compare and contrast audiobook listening with reading?

Thank you, AudiobookSYNC sponsors

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 24, 2016
As we prepare to open our seventh AudiobookSYNC season, we know you are preparing programs and displays to help get out the word about a summer full of free audiobooks for teens.


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