Thursday, June 27, 2013

This week's audio books

Download the 5th free YA Novel & Summer Reading Classic pair from SYNC here.

This Week’s Audiobooks:
Available to download free June 27 – July 3
By Daniel Kraus
Read by Kirby Heyborne
Published by Listening Library

Grave robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? Sixteen-year-old Joey’s life takes a very strange turn when his mother’s tragic death forces him to move in with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets.

Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award,
2012 Odyssey Award Winner

“Kirby Heyborne expertly plumbs the depths of Joey’s despair and growing fascination with the grotesque trappings of his new occupation.”
— AudioFile Magazine

By Mary Shelley
Read by Jim Weiss
Published by Listening Library

Victor Frankenstein learns the secret of producing life, and so, by putting together parts of various corpses, he creates the Frankenstein monster. The monster is huge and disformed, but no harm to anyone — until constant ill treatment drives him to murder and revenge.

“The listener is quietly swept up.”
— AudioFile Magazine

Thank you to Listening Library for generously providing this week’s titles.

Available for a Limited Time:
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on July 4! While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobooks are yours to listen to at your leisure.

Downloading Tips:
The OverDrive Media Console will deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you via OverDrive Media Software installed on your computer (compatible with Windows and Mac) or through an OverDrive App on your mobile device (compatible with iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7).

Visit the OverDrive website to download the App or Software.

Sharing on Social Networks or with Patrons:
A weekly and full-program promotional Tool Kit to share SYNC is offered here.

Thanks for Listening to Lit and join us at SYNC for comments, questions, and to see the summer’s full schedule.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Free audiobooks this summer!

For several years now, audiobook publishers have partnered with SYNC to provide free audiobook downloads each week throughout summer. The SYNC program pairs a current young adult title with a classic or required summer reading title. Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days, and once downloaded can be listened to at any time.

OverDrive is providing distribution services for all the SYNC audiobooks. The titles are all in MP3 format and can be downloaded via OverDrive Media Console for Windows, Mac and most mobile devices.

The SYNC program is a great way to introduce kids to audiobooks, and in turn those audiobook fans will look to your library as a source for more great audiobooks. 

This Week's Audiobooks:
Available to download free June 6 – June 12
Incorrigible Children of Ashton PlaceThe Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling
By Maryrose Wood
Read by Katherine Kellgren
Published by HarperAudio

Miss Penelope Lumley is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball.
“Kellgren’s charming narration will leave listeners howling for the next installment.”
— AudioFile Magazine

Jane EyreJane Eyre
By Charlotte Brontë
Read by Wanda McCaddon
Published by Tantor Audio

Orphaned at an early age, Jane Eyre leads a lonely life until she finds work as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets the mysterious Mr. Rochester and hears strange noises in the night.
“This production enlivens the classic with eloquent, expressive narration by Wanda McCaddon.”
— AudioFile Magazine

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

First Education Bill in Decades Acknowledges Effective School Library Programs

From the AASL Forum listserv:

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The American Library Association would like to thank Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) for their leadership in including strong provisions for effective school library programs in the Strengthening America’s Schools Act that was introduced on Tuesday. The bill is the first to recognize the role school library programs play in student learning since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first enacted in 1965.

 If this bill were to become law, it would reauthorize ESEA. Strengthening America’s Schools Act creates specific language for libraries and implements the Improving Literacy and College and Career Readiness through Effective School Library Program.  This program has several provisions that will be helpful to students and libraries in the United States including defining an effective school library program as:

a)      Staffed by a state-certified or licensed school librarian; 
b)      Having up-to-date books, materials, equipment, and technology (including broadband);
c)      Including regular collaboration between classroom teachers and school librarians to assist with the development and implementation of curriculum; 
d)      Supports the development of digital literacy skills

 Furthermore, this legislation will allow for the Department of Education to award three-year grants to low income school libraries to maintain up-to-date school library collections, staffed by a state-certified school librarian and for other purposes relating to a school library.

 School librarians are literacy champions and primary educators in teaching students digital skills. A recent study found that elementary schools with librarians averaged 68 to 72 percent of students scoring proficient or advanced on a statewide test of reading.

 “For too long, research has shown that students have a better chance of succeeding academically when they attend schools with strong library programs,” said Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s Washington Office. “This bill will ensure that students will have access to professionals who can help them make connections between subject areas, retrieve information, and think independently.”

 The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) is expected hold a mark-up on this bill on June 11, 2013.