EasyBib’s Library Corner: Free Audiobooks this Summer

Emily Gover is an information literacy specialist and in-house librarian for EasyBib. Her professional interests lie in web services and design, usability, information literacy, instructional services and reference work. She continues to work part-time at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library, and has previous work experience at Berry College, Reader’s Digest and the University at Albany.

With the last days of school quickly approaching–surely within the next month or so!–the topic of summer reading must be on the minds of many. When I was younger, I would make valiant efforts to read on long car rides to various holiday destinations, but typically failed and ended up feeling more nauseated than anything else. Sadly, I did not discover the wonder of audiobooks (which were still books on tape then!) until the days of sitting squished in the back seat among suitcases and sunblock were long behind me.

Fortunately, your students won’t have to worry about reading-related car sickness on family road trips this summer. SYNC, an ongoing partnership between AudioFile Magazine and audiobook publishers, is offering two free audiobook downloads every week for 10 weeks from June through August. The titles are a blend of contemporary publications (published between 2003 and 2012) and correlating classic novels that share a similar theme. Books are in .mp3 format–therefore compatible with many devices–and can be downloaded from Overdrive.

Some of the available titles include:

  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • The Amulet of Samarkand (Book 1 of the Bartimaeus Triology) by Jonathan Stroud
  • The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
  • Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter

The audiobooks will be available for download starting the week of June 14. Sadly, we don’t have any solutions for stopping a kooky relative from belting out showtunes while cooped up in the minivan… they’re on their own with that one. (We’d like to think getting lost in a good audiobook is the best way to deal with that situation!)

Sources:
School Library Journal
SYNC

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