SYNC: YA Literature Into Your Earbuds Program

It’s almost that time of year again, the SYNC: YA Literature Into Your Earbuds program. This year marks the program’s sixth year and it continues to grow.

I’m a huge fan of audio books. I didn’t like audio books for a while because I felt that it was more like talk radio and that I wasn’t really reading a book. I hung onto that belief for a long until I decided to give an audio book a chance. So I downloaded a James Patterson audio book from the local library’s website and never looked back. The first audio book I read was an Alex Cross, unfortunately I don’t remember the title. I remember the sound effects, the music, the narrator.

Now that I’m heavy into audiobooks, there are certain books that I will only read the audio version because I like the narrator and the sound effects.  James Patterson’s Alex Cross series and the Murder Women’s Club series, J.D. Robb’s (Nora Roberts) In Death series, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series are a few series that I prefer the audio versions.

This year’s selections look very interesting. I’m looking forward to reading them.

If you haven’t tried audio book, I urge you to try one this summer.  Try SYNC.  SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for listeners aged 13+. From May 7th to August 13th, SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title.


May 7 – May 13

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl   Narrated by Kevin T. Collins with Eve Bianco (Hachette Audio)

REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier   Narrated by Anna Massey (Hachette Audio)

May 14 – May 20

DODGER by Terry Pratchett    Narrated by Stephen Briggs (HarperAudio)

GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens  Narrated by Anton Lesser (Naxos AudioBooks)

 May 21 – May 27

X: A NOVEL by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon  Narrated by Dion Graham with Ilyasah Shabazz (Brilliance Audio)

HERE IN HARLEM by Walter Dean Myers    Narrated by Muhammad Cunningham, Michael Early, Patricia R. Floyd, Kevin R. Free, Arthur French, Dion Graham, Nathan Hinton, Ezra Knight, Robin Miles, Lizan Mitchell, Gail Nelson, Monica Patton, Charles Turner (Live Oak Media)

 May 28 – June 3

THE RING AND THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz   Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda (Recorded Books, Inc.)

SEA HEARTS by Margo Lanagan    Narrated by Eloise Oxer & Paul English (Bolinda Publishing)

June 4 – June 10

A CORNER OF WHITE by Jaclyn Moriarty    Narrated by Fiona Hardingham, Andrew Eiden, Kate Reinders & Peter McGowan (Scholastic Audiobooks)

DRACULA by Bram Stoker   Narrated by David Horovitch, Jamie Parker, Joseph Kloska and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)

 June 11 – June 17

THE LIVING by  Matt de la Pena   Narrated by Henry Leyva (Brilliance Audio)

THE PERFECT STORM: A TRUE STORY OF MEN AGAINST THE SEA by Sebastian Junger  Narrated by Richard Davidson (Recorded Books, Inc.)

 June 18 – June 24

ROSE UNDER FIRE by Elizabeth Wein           Narrated by Sasha Pick (Bolinda Publishing)

ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED by Miep Gies & Alison Leslie Gold        Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Oasis Audio)

 June 25 – July 1

MONSTER by Walter Dean Myers   Narrated by a Full Cast; Afterword read by the author (Listening Library)

LORD OF THE FLIES Written and Narrated by William Golding (Listening Library)

 July 2 – July 8

ECHOES OF AN ANGEL by Aquanetta Gordon with Chris Macias   Narrated by Robin Miles (christianaudio)

BUDDHA BOY by Kathe Koja    Narrated by Spencer Murphy & The Full Cast Family (Full Cast Audio)

 July 9 – July 15

THE EXPLORERS CLUB by Nell Benjamin      Performed by Jack Cutmore-Scott, Carson Elrod, David Furr, John Getz, Martin Jarvis, David Krumholtz, Lorenzo Pisoni, Jennifer Westfeldt & Matthew Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)

AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS by Jules Verne   Narrated by Michael Prichard (Tantor Audio)

 July 16 – July 22

CROWS & CARDS by Joseph Helgerson        Narrated by MacLeod Andrews (Brilliance Audio)

THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain     Narrated by Robin Field (Mission Audio)

 July 23 – July 29

MARCH by Geraldine Brooks         Narrated by Richard Easton (Penguin Audio)

LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott          Narrated by Kate Reading (Listening Library)

 July 30 – August 5


Narrated by J.D. Jackson (Brilliance Audio)

JOHN BALL’S IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Adapted by Matt Pelfrey   

Performed by  Ryan Vincent Anderson, Michael Hammond, Kalen Harriman, Travis Johns, James Morrison, Darren Richardson & Tom Virtue (L.A. Theatre Works)

 August 6 – August 13

UNDER A WAR-TORN SKY by L.M. Elliott     Narrated by Elizabeth Wiley (Tantor Audio)

THE OLD BROWN SUITCASE by Lillian Boraks-Nemetz   Narrated by Sofia Newman (Post Hypnotic Press)

Download Details
• Downloads are in MP3 format and are Mac and Windows compatible.

• Downloads will operate through OverDrive’s Media Console.

• Most listening devices are supported.

• Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only).

RN SKY by L.M. Elliott     Narrated by Elizabeth Wiley (Tantor Audio)

THE OLD BROWN SUITCASE by Lillian Boraks-Nemetz   Narrated by Sofia Newman (Post Hypnotic Press)


National Library Workers Day


I would be remiss in my librarian duties if I didn’t share that today is National Library Workers Day. A day for the entire world (well, U.S. citizens) to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

Books behind glass, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

Books behind glass, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

Let me just say that I truly enjoy my job/career as a librarian. I enjoy books — reading them, cataloging them, aww hell, just looking at them on the shelves. I use to spend many a day (hours) at the Library of Congress doing research for school and genealogy purposes. Just walking into the various reading rooms at the Library would be a thrill.

Adams Building, Library of Congress

Adams Building, Library of Congress

Although the amount of researchers have decreased, I’m still amazed at the numbers of visitors that come to the Library to see the gorgeous and stunning Jefferson Building.

Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

I hope you take a few minutes out of your busy schedules and visit your local library and thank the librarians for doing such a wonderful job. Or leave a comment on a blog post from a library worker (me!) saying thanks.

National Library Week

With Americans spending more on radios, and TV (musical instruments too, but I don’t think that was bad thing), the American Library Association (ALA) and American Book Publishers formed a committee, National Book Committee in 1954. The committee’s primary goal was to get Americans to spend more time reading books. The first National Library Week was observed with the theme “Wake Up and Read!” In 1959, it became a national celebration. When the National Book Committee disbanded in 1974, ALA assumed full sponsorship, continuing the yearly and national celebrations.

National Library Week is observed each year in April, generally the second full week.

It’s Monday! What Are you Reading?

It's MondayThis week I’m reading an advance reader copy of a young adult book and an audiobook. I hear April is National Audiobook Month. I love audiobooks anyway, but I’ll just make a point to read a little of more them this month.


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Audio CD
Published January 13th 2015 by Penguin Audio
10 hours, 59 minutes

Publisher’s summary: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?


My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp
Published March 3rd 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Kindle Edition

Luisa “Lulu” Mendez has just finished her final year of high school in a small Virginia town, determined to move on and leave her job at the local junkyard behind. So when her father loses her college tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out.
Desperate for funds, she cooks up the (illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends. Quickly realizing they’re out of their depth, they turn to Mason, a local boy who’s always seemed like a dead end. As Mason guides Lulu through the secret world of moonshine, it looks like her plan might actually work. But can she leave town before she loses everything?
My Best Everything is Lulu’s letter to Mason–but it a love letter, an apology, or a good-bye?