LIBRARY IDEA FOR SEPTEMBER:

HISTORY OF BOOK CENSORSHIP: This presentation is perfect for Banned Books Week or as an introduction to book burning in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The slides give a brief history of nine censorship and book banning incidents in world history.

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BOOK OF NIGHTCharlie Hall has never found a lock she couldn’t pick, a book she couldn’t steal, or a bad decision she wouldn’t make.

She’s spent half her life working for gloamists, magicians who manipulate shadows to peer into locked rooms, strangle people in their beds, or worse. Gloamists guard their secrets greedily, creating an underground economy of grimoires. And to rob their fellow magicians, they need Charlie Hall…

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Read more this summer! Free audiobook downloads for teens!

        
(both these titles are free through May 12, 2016!)

It’s almost summer (Hallelujah!), so it’s time to start our free audiobook downloads from Audiobook Sync. This service has been around since 2010. I have used it myself since 2012 to download free audiobooks and promote summer reading with my students.

So what is Audiobook Sync? It’s a free service that offers two YA audiobook downloads each week. The selections are paired by weekly theme and usually feature one recently-released YA title and one “classic” title. The audiobooks are full-length, high quality downloads, so they are the real deal.

You need to download the free OverDrive app (if you don’t have it already) to listen. If you are living or traveling outside the USA, you will need a USA VPN to access most of the titles.

Are you a teacher or librarian? The toolkit also includes printable bookmarks, newsletter (explaining the program), poster, website banner, printable QR code posters with audio clips, logo, and more.

2016 full list of titles and download links

Sample audio clip:

 

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