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Free Audiobooks All Summer!

Free Audiobooks All Summer!

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.


SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through the OverDrive app. Download the app in advance to whichever device you anticipate listening on and be ready to go!


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.

Download Details

  • 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.

Thanks for Playing!

Thanks for Playing!


Thank you for participating in this year’s Summer Reading: Read for the Win! We hope you scored with some fantastic reads and are enjoying prizes earned from completing missions all summer long. A special thanks to the Friends of the Library for their generous support which enabled us to put on 40 all star programs and supplied us with terrific prizes, such as popular teen books, earbuds, e-Readers, and Family Baskets full of fun!

Did you Rock the Vote? Dying to find out who was the last book standing in our dystopian final match? Drumroll please….

The Hunger Games

Loved Fandom Jeopardy? Looking to create more Pixel Pals? Share your favorites with us by voting. Then be sure to visit the Events calendar for more fantastic teen programs all year long.

Field Day Finale at New Location: Newhall Library!

Field Day Finale at New Location: Newhall Library!

Updated Field Day

As I’m sure you’re aware, the recent events regarding the Sand Fire in the Canyon Country area has had extreme effects on the quality of the air here in town. In order to make sure that participants of our Summer Reading program have the best possible experience at the finale, Field Day will now be taking place in the Old Town Newhall Library; it will begin at the same time on Saturday, 9:00am-12:00pm. Our activities will be spread throughout the first floor of the library, with our Twinkle Time performance taking place in the Community Room.

We hope to see you there!

For the Win!

For the Win!
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This summer has been host to a number of teen events from creating Charmander during Pixel Pals, playing for Starburst during Fandom Jeopardy or creating paper gems in Development Lab. Maybe your favorite was playing Chocolate Unicorn during Minute to Win It, becoming a Wii All Star during Level Up, watching a double feature as part of Highlight Reel or catching up on summer school work during Summer Study Hall. Share your top 2 favorite events with us by voting below!

What was YOUR favorite teen Summer Reading program?

  • Fandom Jeopardy (57%, 4 Votes)
  • Pixel Pals (29%, 2 Votes)
  • Life-Size Game (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Development Lab (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Minute to Win It (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Level Up! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Highlight Reel (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Summer Study Hall (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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9th Inning

9th Inning


…and the bases are loaded! We’re nearing the end of the game now, but there’s still time for a grand slam to end the game off right. If you’ve been keeping up with our featured missions, you may be very close to finishing off the Five Book Challenge already. If not, there’s still time with a bit of power reading to read and log five books before the end of the Summer Reading Program on the 30th to complete the Five Book Challenge!

All you have to do is log the five books that you need and stop in to our library to earn a free book, as easy as that!

Also, do remember to join us on the 30th for our Field Day Finale Celebration at Newhall Park from 9:00-12:00, we hope to see you there!


Missions Accomplished

Missions Accomplished


We’re getting towards the final stretch, and now is the perfect time to steal home by finishing the last big mission of the set, Mission 4. This one is also a little time sensitive, as you may have noticed, as one part of it involves the end of the Summer Reading Program, so now is the time to take care of this one now that’s it’s getting towards the end of July.

As usual, Reading is FUNdamental shows up again in this mission, and if you’ve been completing these missions in order you should have at least four books already finished counting this mission. That means just one more book and you’ve completed the Five Book Challenge, and still with a few weeks to go! This is the perfect time to finish up the challenge while also finishing up the last of the four mission sets!

You may have noticed if you’ve been checking in regularly the Rock the Vote polls going up here on the blog, a March Madness-esque bracket of books competing to be the last teen book standing, and there’s still time to vote if you haven’t already, even if we are nearing the end. The final vote is on the 28th, so be sure to hop onto the blog and vote for your favorite to win.

Have you ever wondered who are the people behind these blog posts? Ever need a little help finding a great book you’ll enjoy at the library? You’re welcome to Be a Team Player and come visit us at your local library. We’re the teen librarians, Dave at the Valencia Library, Meredith at the Old Town Newhall Library, and Nicole at the Canyon Country Library. Come say hello, and if you don’t see us you can always ask for us at one of the desks. We’ll give you a code to enter, and this part of the mission is done!

Have a plan to attend any competition or game during the summer? Take a picture at the game, sporting event, or competition and upload it in order to complete In the Game. It can be a group shot, a selfie, and any sort of competition of gaming event, and this part is as good as done.

Finally, the last part is a bit time sensitive. At the end of Summer Reading every year there is a big bash with tons of events, activities to try, some trivia to solve, and some performers to marvel at. This year is no different, we’ll be having our big Field Day party starting at 9:00am in Newhall Park! Attend and Have a Field Day, mark it off that you attended, and mission 4 is complete.

Mission 4 is a big one, because completing Mission 4 gets your name entered into a raffle to win an E-reader! Have fun completing the mission, and good luck in the drawing everyone!