Posted in Librarianing, professional development

SYNC 2022 is coming!

It’s been a minute since I wrote up a professional development post, so I’m excited that Sync is back and doing another year of free audiobooks for teens (and tweens) this summer. It’s simple: visit the Sync webpage on AudioFile Magazine’s website and sign up if you’re new to the program – if you’ve signed up before, they’ve got you, no worries. Sync Summer 2022 launches on April 28 with a fiction and nonfiction book; download them via the Sora app (if you’re new to the app, have your school info handy – your school, your special code if you have one) and check in every week for two new books!

The first two books for 2022 are…


Black Panther Tales from Wakanda


Four Short Stories, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Parents – I tried logging into Sora with my parent login, and it worked! Enjoy a book or two with your kids!

Librarians and educators, AudioFile Magazine is a great resource for audiobook reviews. The Curated Lists are a great starting point for anyone who’s not sure where to stick a toe into the audiobook pool, and they have suggestions for kids and teens, with searchable age levels. They have a great list on Welcoming Audiobooks for folx new to the country, which I need to keep on hand here at the library to start booktalking and promoting to my families.

In short, AudioFile Magazine – great resource, so much to explore and start recommending to your audiobook families. Sync 2022 – free audiobooks all summer long through Sora!


Posted in Teen, Young Adult/New Adult

Sync AudioBooks for Teens is back for Summer Reading!

Great news! SYNC 2016 will give away 30 titles — two paired audiobook downloads a week, starting May 5th and ending August 18th!

For anyone who doesn’t know what SYNC is: SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Starting May 5th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at


Titles from award-winning authors such as Chinua Achebe, M.T. Anderson, Laura Ruby, Andrew Smith, David Levithan, and Tamara Ireland Stone. Check out the ToolKit, offering printable poster options (I’ve already got mine up in my Teen section) and posters with QR codes that will enable users to play sound clips.

This year, there’s a great SoundCloud link to an audio sampler – I’ve embedded it here for your listening pleasure. Get ready for Summer Reading and Listening!

Posted in Teen, Young Adult/New Adult

SYNC is back for the summer!

Did you take advantage of the SYNC free audiobook program last summer? If you did, awesome – if you didn’t, you’ve got another chance! SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults. Starting again May 7th 2015, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title.

Here’s a look at what you’ve got to look forward to – I know my SmartPhone will be busy!

May 7 – Kami Garcia & Margarget Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca

May 14 – Terry Pratchett’s Dodger and Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations

May 21 – Ilyasah Shabazz’s X and Walter Dean Myers’ Here in Harlem

May 28 – Melissa de la Cruz’s The Ring & The Crown and Margo Lanagan’s Sea Hearts

Librarians and teachers, promote SYNC by downloading the posters and bookmarks at SYNC’s online toolkit. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at or text “syncya” to 25827.