Can you believe the annual SYNC Audiobooks for Teens program returns in just four weeks? Whether you are new to SYNC or have been with us across our past decade, you may have questions about how you and your teens will be accessing this year’s free audiobooks. We have answers!
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 12, 2020
We have a lot of nearly-ready for prime time tools that will land across the next couple of weeks. Consider this a “be on the lookout for” notice.
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 22, 2019
Thank you to the nearly 4,000 SYNC participants who took the time to provide us with responses to our 2019 survey! We use this information to build a better program each year so be assured that your opinions are noted. We heard from teen listeners, librarians and teachers, parents and grandparents, and adults who might be teenless but have a deep interest in audiobook listening.
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?
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 11, 2019
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.
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 28, 2019
While it’s true that we can never have too many things on hand to read, whether with our eyes or our ears, virtual space does get filled just as physical bookshelves can become crowded. With less than a month to go before SYNC 2019 kicks off, now is a good time to do some spring cleaning to make sure you have space on your phone, in the media space on your computer, or wherever else you stash audiobook downloads.
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 21, 2019
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.
We know teachers, librarians, and other group leaders who share information about and activities related to SYNC are busy, so each year, we create and update a Toolkit to help you in promoting the program and answering common questions.
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, December 13, 2018
We are well underway in collecting publisher agreements for a spectacular SYNC season in 2019! Their generosity is amazing and we look forward to sharing all the great incoming news here on this blog starting next month.
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, October 18, 2018
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.
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 16, 2018
We heard from teen listeners, librarians, educators, and adults, too, with responses to our 2018 selections. You can read an overview of the end of season survey returns on the AudiobookSYNC web page, under the Toolkit tab (SYNC 2018 Results).
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 2, 2018
Thanks to all of you SYNC listeners who have already sent back our annual program survey! We use these results annually to build a better and more satisfying program of free audiobooks for the next summer.
Just as we heard from many of you the past 10 days or so, we'll miss SYNC 2018 edition, too. Thank you for joining in the listening and audio bookshelf-building! What happens now?
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 20, 2017
April showers bring---SYNC opening day this year! It's just one week away. That's just enough time to run through a final checklist of SYNC-related preparations:
If you aren't an avid audiobook listener yourself and you're new to SYNC, you might wonder if the teens in your own life "need" audiobooks. Others experiences and considerable research show that the answer is "yes."
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 30, 2017
This week we're asking all of you to help us get information about SYNC to your local or regional media outlets or the email lists to which you belong in your professional lives.
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 23, 2017
We’re hearing how excited you are about AudiobookSYNC17. You know we are, too. As we put the finishing technical touches on a grand season that will be 16 weeks long, we've noticed some startling figures. How much audiobook time is included in those 32 audiobooks? The math kind of bowled us over. See how it sounds (oops, pun) to you:
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 16, 2017
The AudiobookSYNC 2017 season includes a host of engaging--and some terrifying--characters. Teens likely have met some of these in popular culture versions and may be surprised to find their stories as conceived in original and alternative accounts.
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 26, 2017
A long weekend of award presentations and powerfully stated author addresses made for an exciting American Library Association Midwinter meeting. Adding to the buzz was the announcement of the AudiobookSYNC 2017 list in the Exhibits Hall.
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Last week we were thrilled to announce our first title confirmation for the 2017 SYNC season, and now we have another title agreement ready to share with you!
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, November 2, 2016
We're so happy to be able to announce that 2017's SYNC season has its first official title confirmation. Even better, our first confirmation is by an author who is a true audiobook lover who produced this one, with a narrator who has a big fan base among SYNC listeners!
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Does your district or state have perennial summer reading titles? How about long-range plans for a community wide read?
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Nearly 4,000 AudiobookSYNC 2016 participants helped us and future SYNC season participants by completing our post-season survey. Thank you!
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 25, 2016
Our big guide to choosing each year's AudiobookSYNC Audiobooks for Teen Listeners is the feedback we hear from you after each season.
James Weldon Johnson’s 1912 novel offers us an opportunity to talk about how identity, in contemporary America, continues to elicit an array of strong feelings, public messages that may conflict with private behaviors, and awareness of differences between the identities we apply to ourselves, and those applied to us by others. We hope that you consider hosting a discussion of this audiobook after you and the group you host have the opportunity to listen to it.
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 28, 2016
With just one week to go before our all new, 15-week season opens on May 5, let's touch on some tips and tricks to help you and your teens make this a successful season of free audiobook listening.
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.
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
With the relaunch of our website providing the toolkit with information on pairings and dates, you already know we have two more titles to announce here. And we have more information to tell you about in this post as well!
We are rich with award winning titles this year, including ON THE JELLICOE ROAD, by Melina Marchetta, an Australian novelist who is both popular and the subject of praise from critics, teachers, and even kids who haven't much cared for reading before meeting her characters.
As we look for audiobooks that offer both great stories and excellent narration, we realize that, each year, we have even more possibilities to consider. And that's great news for everyone!
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Friday, February 12, 2016
As we continue to firm arrangements for SYNC 2016, we want to give you our latest update of titles you'll see this summer.
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Among the many highly praised titles we bring to listeners starting in May 2016, is EGG & SPOON, popular literary author Gregory Maguire's novel steeped in Russian folklore.
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, January 26, 2016
SYNC provides a pair of audiobooks each week during the summer, with one being something very new for teen listeners and in publishing generally, with the second being a classic and/or something of high interest to secondary school students.