What is SYNC?
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 27, 2017 SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. In 2016, 30 titles were given away over 15 weeks.
SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the teen audience and demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening.
Simply sign-up to get notifications of when the FREE audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Titles change every Thursday at 7am ET when the program is running.
Please Note: Signing up for these alerts will not send you the titles. The alerts will simply tell you when and where the title is available to download.
- Downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by OverDrive, and are Mac and Windows compatible.
- Downloads will operate through the OverDrive app.
- Most listening devices are supported.
- Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only).
- Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep.
Whether you are looking for an academic article or just browsing your Facebook feed, it’s important to know how to evaluate sources of information.
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if something online is from a news organization that practices traditional journalistic practices, or if its non-credible rift raft that Joe Schmoe wrote from his parent’s basement.
The Trust Project by Santa Clara University has created what they call “Trust Indicators” which you can find HERE. The Trust Project was created to provide “evidence of trustworthy reporting — accuracy, transparency and inclusion –plainly into news practices, tools and platforms”.
Examples of trust indicators are:
- Disclosure of conflicts of interest
- Distinguishes between news, analysis, and opinion.
- Additional links to diverse sources recommended to readers
Questioning where the content is coming from is a GOOD thing. You won’t get faked out if you evaluate the source by looking for these key items:
Currency: How recent is the information, and when was it last updated?
Organization: Is it easy to find the information you need?
Accuracy: How reliable is the information, and are the facts accurate?
Bibliography: How easy is the work to cite in a bibliography? Does it give you the author, title, publisher, and date?
Unfamiliar Topics: How useful is it when you don’t know where to start?
Languages: How easily can the work provide languages other than English
Get the facts, not fake news!
Banks, M. (2017). Fighting Fake News. American Libraries, 48(3/4), 18-21
Pogue, D. (2017). How to Stamp Out Fake News. Scientific American, 316(2), 24.
Stanford History Education Group. (2016). Evaluating information: The cornerstone of civic online reasoning. Palo Alto, CA: Author. https://sheg.stanford.edu/upload/V3LessonPlans/Executive%20Summary%20 11.21.16.pdf
The City of Santa Clarita is celebrating 30 years of cityhood! In celebration of this milestone, check out the 30 reasons why you should love your Santa Clarita Public Library!
- Use the library’s computers free of charge
- Check out the latest teen bestsellers and releases
- Prepare to tackle home improvement projects with our Home Improvement Reference Center database
- Borrow newly released DVDs for free
- Enjoy comfortable group study rooms
- Research your health concerns on Consumer Health Complete database
- Participate in a book club
- Get help with term papers and homework from online tutoring Brainfuse HelpNow!
- Research Santa Clarita local history
- Take a free computer class
- Catch up on classic literature
- Find a selection of foreign language books
- Plan your next vacation with a wide variety of travel books
- Enjoy the air conditioning during hot summer months
- Take a practice test for becoming a policeman, fireman, US Citizen and more
- Find templates and forms for preparing your will or trust
- Learn how to write a new resume
- Check out books on CD for long drives
- Print forms for federal financial aid
- Get community hours by volunteering!
- Read the latest comic books before they become movies
- Use the library’s free wifi while in the building
- Learn a language for free with Pronunciator from the library
- Stream movies right on your mobile device from OverDrive
- Join TAB (Teen Advisory Board) at your local library and help plan fun teen events
- Learn how to crochet with others at free library programs
- Research your heritage with genealogy databases inside the library
- Keep up with the library on social media to see the latest events and free programs
- Receive $1.00 towards printing for free every single day
- Make your own playlist with 5 free song downloads a week from Freegal Music
Take part in the #ReadingWithoutWalls Challenge issued by the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature!
Here’s how to do it:
1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.
2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.
3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, a picture book, or a hybrid book.
If you really want to go for the gold star, read a book that fits all three criteria!
When you finish, take a photo of you and the book (or just the book if you’re shy) and post it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls. You’ll inspire others to do the same!
Read without walls and see what happens. You may surprise yourself!
Here are some titles to try out:
Make 2017 a year that counts.
We can help!