AudioBook SYNC Blog

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.
Listen Up for Teen Read Week

Listen Up for Teen Read Week

Read More We're half way through the annual Teen Read Week celebration developed and sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Because we at SYNC are all about listening literacy, we have some resources to help you share a love of listening to books with teens this week.
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:
STEAM into Audiobooks

STEAM into Audiobooks

Read More Although we often reduce audiobooks as an art form to the work of the author--the content and writing style--and the work of the performer--delivery--there are actually many other careers audiobooks can lead teens to consider.
An audiobook listener's menu

An audiobook listener's menu

Read More How do you find audiobooks that make you want to to listen all the way through--and then feel a little sad when they've run their course? How do you talk about audiobooks with teens and others whom you are trying to help find good audiobooks options?
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.
What Do You Say?

What Do You Say?

Read More 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.
Adventures Abound

Adventures Abound

Read More Our final week of the 2018 SYNC season brings a couple of special audiobook treats. Both are likely to surprise you and offer good reminders that, when we’re open to making discoveries, both adventure and insight are going to follow.
Juneteenth Listening

Juneteenth Listening

Read More The Juneteenth holiday is just the right time for the pair of audiobooks we offer this week. The last day to download the pair is Juneteenth itself, so you have seven days to be sure you have them, and even have time to get some listening done to give the date more meaning in your own life. The occasion of Juneteenth, dating from 1865, is a good time to celebrate both freedom and equal rights.
Dangerous Judgments

Dangerous Judgments

Read More Most people would prefer to explain themselves than to have judgment fall on them based on other people’s views. How often do we pause in our lives, however, to consider whether our own judgments of others might be unfair?
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