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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Free Audiobook Downloads

Free Summer Listening: SYNC

A FREE summer program that gives away 2 audiobook downloads each week for the summer starting May 15 and ending August 14. SYNC audiobook titles are given away in pairs--a Young Adult title is paired with a related Classic or required Summer Reading title.
Check out the complete title list, including James Patterson's CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT and its pair partner, Agatha Christie's THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE.

How can Libraries & Educators
Promote SYNC?

  • Utilize the print and digital items available in the SYNC Tool Kit to introduce SYNC to your patrons, students, and other readers.
  • Encourage Young Adult readers to text syncya to 25827 to receive text alerts about all the featured titles.
  • Visit www.audiobooksync.com and sign up for title alerts by email.
  • Have your listeners download the delivery software OverDrive Media Console, in advance of the program.

SYNC Program Questions
For questions about the program, titles, and how to use the tool kit to connect with students, patrons, and other listeners, please contact the SYNC Manager, Michele Cobb, at sync@audiofilemagazine.com

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Get Up and Move Early Literacy Webinar tomorrow!

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies is providing a FREE webinar tomorrow, and I'm excited to attend!

Get Up and Move! Why movement is part of early literacy skills development with Dr. Allison Kaplan will air on Wednesday, April 9 at noon - 1 p.m. CST. At that time, the webinar will be available using this link:


All the information you need to access the webinar is in the attached document (although it should be as simple as clicking on the link; the document will help you troubleshoot). The webinar will be live and you will be able to ask questions using text messages within the webinar software. To do so, click on the chat bubble on the bottom right of the screen.

The webinar will be archived at the same web address as the live version and we will also post the link on our web site: http://www.slis.wisc.edu/2014webinars.htm

Monday, April 7, 2014

Summer Library Program Idea Swap Report #3

Some cool ideas that came up for programs for younger kids:

Changing it up, taking the train set away for the summer, replacing with scientist dress-up station, with lab coats, goggles, beakers, lab supplies for creative play and exploration

Creating a hydroponic garden or any kind of garden with kids for summer experimentation and overall deliciousness

Gross stuff programs, including suggestions for making homemade edible earwax, poop cookies and more. 

Edible experiments in general (ideas can be found here and here

Fossil making (here's one method)

Borrow the Star Lab from your area CESA for a program