SYNC Audio Program

icon_blueLooking to put some high quality audios in the hands of your teens this summer?  Check out SYNC!  This is a partnership between AudioFile Magazine, young adult authors, and audio providers including Listening Library, HarperAudio, Recorded Books and many more (powered by OverDrive).

Each week throughout the summer – beginning May 30th – the following audios will be available for download.  These are free and they are yours to keep.  A librarian/educator’s tool kit is available HERE.  I’ve not done it before, simply because I didn’t know about it, but I’ve signed up for it this summer. So far, I haven’t gotten inundated with emails and no annoying advertisements.  Hopefully that continues, because this looks really promising!  Does anyone else have experience with this program?

SYNC Titles Summer 2013

May 30 – June 5, 2013 Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, read by Rebecca Gibel (AudioGO) The Tempest by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (AudioGO)

June 6 – June 12, 2013 The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, read by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Audio)

June 13 – June 19, 2013 The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton (Scholastic Audiobooks) Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, read by Robert Ramirez (Recorded Books)

June 20 – June 26, 2013 Once by Morris Gleitzman, read by Morris Gleitzman (Bolinda Audio) Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr., read by Dion Graham (christianaudio)

June 27 – July 3, 2013 Rotters by Daniel Kraus, read by Kirby Heyborne (Listening Library) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, read by Jim Weiss (Listening Library)

July 4 – July 10, 2013 Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford, read by Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio) She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

July 11 – July 17, 2013 The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, read by Peter Altschuler (HarperAudio) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, read by Simon Vance (Tantor Audio)

July 18 – July 24, 2013 Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, read by Erin Moon (Recorded Books) Hamlet by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

July 25 – July 31, 2013 The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, read by Charlie McWade (Scholastic Audiobooks) The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, read by Steve West (Blackstone Audio)

Aug 1 – Aug 7, 2013 Death Cloud by Andrew Lane, read by Dan Weyman (Macmillan Audio) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Ralph Cosham (Blackstone Audio)

Aug 8 – Aug 14, 2013 Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, read by Katherine Kellgren (Brilliance Audio) Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, read by Miriam Margolyes (Bolinda Audio)

Aug 15 – Aug 21, 2013 Sold by Patricia McCormick, read by Justine Eyre (Tantor Audio) Let Me Stand Alone by Rachel Corrie, read by Tavia Gilbert (Blackstone Audio)


Could It Be You?

Do you know a young adult librarian doing something innovative, creative, or just extra fabulous?  Or maybe you’re the one doing those fearless things?

The deadline to nominate someone (including yourself) for ILA’s Young Adult Librarian of the Year is May 15th.   Please visit this link to find out more information, and please consider nominating someone today.

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“Have Book Will Travel” for Teens

With summer fast approaching, I’m sure everyone has been scouring the web, brainstorming with colleagues and studying the iREAD Resource Guide for inspiration.

We have come up with some fun ideas related to our summer theme that teens (hopefully) won’t find completely lame. Here are just a few things we have planned:

Image created by Terri Murphy for iRead 2013

  • Henna Artist & Program – Henna is always a hit, and it fits in beautifully with this summer’s theme.
  • International Game Night – table tennis, Mancala, Go, Chinese Checkers, and more.

We are also taking our book clubs “on the town,” and meeting at different places in the community.  We are continuing the summer theme with the titles that we’ve chosen as well.  My older teens will be reading John Green’s Paper Towns which is a roadtrip novel Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone which is set loosely in modern day Prague and Patricia McCormick’s Never Fall Down which set in the very real, war torn country of Cambodia.

How about your library?  What fabulously inventive programs do you have planned for “Have Book, Will Travel?”  I’m sure a few people might still be looking for ideas to round out their programming schedules.

Pinterest…at Work?

While many of us know that Pinterest can be a fun distraction, we’ve also been finding more and more ways to use it in a professional manner at work.  Think about all of the people you know who are doing inspiring, creative programs both at your library and and beyond.  Many of those people are sharing their programs – from the planning, to booklists, to supplies, and even more – online.  Hidden among the mouthwatering recipes (and, yes, pictures of Ryan Gosling) are some wonderfully useful pins.  It’s wonderful to be part of such a collaborative and sharing library community.

Check out some of the boards that have inspired programs at my library lately:

Teen Programming in Libraries (a collaborative board)

National Craft Month 2013/Teen Summer Reading Program Jump Start

Fargo Library’s Book Crafts

STEM Programs

The above links are just a place to get started.  If you are looking for something – no matter how seemingly strange – odds are that you’ll find something to inspire a library program of your own.

Alternatively, another way to use Pinterest at work is to create public boards for your community to see what’s going on at the library.  Author visits? Programming pictures?  Booklists?  Yes, yes, and yes.  Here are some additional ways my library is using Pinterest to connect with our community:

Warren-Newport Public Library’s Pinterest Page

Have you used Pinterest to inspire programming at your library?  If so, we’d love to hear about your favorite boards.

Printz Award, Etc.

indarknessDid anyone predict that one?  I listened to the live stream of the ALA award ceremony earlier, and I have to say I was pretty surprised when they announced Nick Lake’s In Darkness as the winner.  It’s gotten fabulous reviews, but it wasn’t on my Mock Printz list, and – I’m ashamed to say- it’s still on my “to read” pile.  I was predicting a win for Code Name Verity by Wein, Dodger by Pratchett or My Book of Life by Angel by Leavitt.   Of course, it’s now on the top of my pile.

There was also some buzz about TFiOS (John Green) not getting any Printz recognition.  For some reason, however, I wasn’t surprised about that one.  So, what do you think – was it as big of a surprise as last year?

Just in case you haven’t seen the list yet, here is the teen specific stuff:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

“In Darkness,” written by Nick Lake , is the 2013 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers.

Four Printz Honor Books also were named: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Saenz , published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division; “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein , published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group; “Dodger” by Terry Pratchett , published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers; “The White Bicycle” by Beverley Brenna , published by Red Deer Press .

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am,” written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

“Caring is Creepy,” by David Zimmerman , published by Soho Press, Inc.

“Girlchild,” by Tupelo Hassman, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

“Juvenile in Justice,” by Richard Ross , published by Richard Ross

“Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” by Robin Sloan , published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

” My Friend Dahmer ,” by Derf Backderf, published by Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of Abrams

“One Shot at Forever,” by Chris Ballard , published by Hyperion

“Pure,” by Julianna Baggott , published by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

“The Round House,” by Louise Erdrich , published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

“Tell the Wolves I’m Home,” by Carol Rifka Brunt , published by Dial Press, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette?,” by Maria Semple , published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:

“The Fault in Our Stars,” produced by Brilliance Audio, is the 2013 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by John Greenand narrated by Kate Rudd.

Three Odyssey Honor Audiobooks also were selected: “Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian,” produced by Listening Library, written by Eoin Colfer and narrated by Nathaniel Parker ; “Ghost Knight,” produced by Listening Library, written by Cornelia Funke and narrated by Elliot Hill ; and “Monstrous Beauty,” produced by Macmillian Audio, written by Elizabeth Fama and narrated by Katherine Kellgren .

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” written by Benjamin Alire Saenz and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, is the Stonewall Award winner.

Four Stonewall Honor Books were selected: “Drama,” written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier and published by Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.; “Gone, Gone, Gone,” written by Hannah Moskowitz and published by Simon Pulse , an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division; “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard ,” written by Leslea Newmanand published by Candlewick Press; and “Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie,” written byS. J. Adams and published by Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:

“Seraphina,” written by Rachel Hartman , is the 2013 Morris Award winner. The book is published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Four other books were finalists for the award: “Wonder Show,” written by Hannah Barnaby , published by Houghton Mifflin, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers; “Love and Other Perishable Items,” written by Laura Buzo , published by Alfred A. Knopf , an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.; “After the Snow,” written by S. D. Crockett , published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; and “The Miseducation of Cameron Post ,” written by emily m. danforth, published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: 

“Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” written by Steve Sheinkin , is the 2013 Excellence winner. The book is published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Four other books were finalists for the award: ” Steve Jobs : The Man Who Thought Different,” written by Karen Blumenthal , published by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; “Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95,” written by Phillip Hoose , published by Farrar Straus Giroux , an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; “Titanic: Voices from the Disaster,” written by Deborah Hopkinson , published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic; and “We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March,” written by Cynthia Levinson , published by Peachtree Publishers.

Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s literature experts, the awards encourage original and creative work.  For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please .

SOURCE American Library Association