Monthly Archives: February 2014

Syncing it…


cropped-SYNC-WEB-Header-GrapheneLOVE this summer’s line up of audiobooks for FREE download from Sync.


Portland, ME February 25, 2014 – The SYNC program, sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and powered by OverDrive, embarks upon its 5th year with an exciting lineup that includes powerhouse authors such as James Patterson, Eoin Colfer, and Agatha Christie. SYNC gives away 2 FREE audiobook downloads every week each summer. In 2014, 26 titles will be given away over 13 weeks starting May 15. Students, librarians, and educators may sign up for email or text alerts and learn more at The SYNC program reached over 72,000 users during 2013 and the number of downloads increased a notable 366% between the summer 2010 launch and summer 2013 season. SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the young adult audience and demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening. Audiobook titles are given away in thematic pairs. Young Adult focused titles are partnered with classics, required reading titles, and other thematically appropriate Young Adult titles to encourage literacy and listening. Robin Whitten, Founder of AudioFile Magazine, says, “We are once again excited to help young people find the value and enthusiasm for audiobooks and to expand their reading experiences.”


May 15 – May 21 WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer, Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (Listening Library) THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells, Narrated by Derek Jacobi (Listening Library)

May 22 – May 28 CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge, Narrated by Elizabeth Knowleden (Harper Audio) OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles, Performed by Michael Sheen and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)

May 29 – June 4 CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, Narrated by Emma Galvin (Hachette Audio) MURDER AT THE VICARAGE by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Richard E. Grant (Harper Audio)

June 5 – June 11 ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill, Narrated by Meredith Mitchell (Tantor Audio) JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare, Performed by Richard Dreyfuss, JoBeth Williams, Stacy Keach, Kelsey Grammer, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

June 12 – June 18 CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein, Narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell (Bolinda Audio) THE HIDING PLACE by Corrie Ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill, Narrated by Bernadette Dunne (christianaudio)

June 19 – June 25 I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter, Narrated by Renée Raudman (Brilliance Audio) ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by Lucy Montgomery, Narrated by Colleen Winton (Post Hypnotic Press)

June 26 – July 2 FORGIVE ME LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick, Narrated by Noah Galvin (Hachette Audio) OCTOBER MOURNING: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman, Narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister (Brilliance Audio)

July 3 – July 9 TORN FROM TROY by Patrick Bowman, Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Post Hypnotic Press) PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)

July 10 – July 16 CLAUDETTE COLVIN: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose, Narrated by Channie Waites (Brilliance Audio) WHILE THE WORLD WATCHED by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George, Narrated by Felicia Bullock (Oasis Audio)

July 17 – July 23 THE CASE OF THE CRYPTIC CRINOLINE by Nancy Springer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Recorded Books) THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES II by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by David Timson (Naxos AudioBooks)

July 24 – July 30 HEADSTRONG by Patrick Link, Performed by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Scott Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works) THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson, Narrated by Scott Brick (Tantor Audio)

July 31 – August 6 DIVIDED WE FALL by Trent Reedy, Narrated by Andrew Eiden (Scholastic Audio) THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE by Stephen Crane, Narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Books)

August 7 – August 13 LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS by Ben Lesser, Narrated by Jonathan Silverman and Ben Lesser (Remembrance Publishing) THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick, Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson (HighBridge Audio)

DO NOT miss this opportunity to listen to some GREAT contemporary titles AND a comparative CLASSIC.  Ooooo, I am excited about FREE and AUDIO.

The Rolling Scones! Here! Friday, February 21st!


rolling sconesYes, The Rolling Scones will be here, Friday, February 21, 10:15-11:30 am.  Teen Patrons (aka Young Adults, 12-18 yrs) are invited for an onsite demo of intense scone-making (recipe provided), eating the goods and then spend a few moments sharing thoughts and ideas about a future SPL from the teen viewpoint.  Things are changing.  So do libraries.  The SPL Board of Trustees is interested in getting input and perspective from teen patrons.  Part breakfast, part focus group, please drop by.  You can use this as community service time perhaps. Bring friends.  We may not always get what we want but sometimes we may just get what we need.  Please participate!

The Impossible Knife of Memory


I don’t know what you hear inside your head as you read a book – or kindle or whatever.  I will listen for the voices, see the landscape, smell the room and so on and so on and so on if the author has done his or her mission adeptly.  I guess what came to me as I read Laurie Halse Anderson’s (She of SPEAK and other great stories…) is AUTHENTICITY.  Hayley and her dad are both survivors struggling independently and dependently to figure out the next step.  It is not easy letting people into lives that are not perfect when seemingly other’s lives are.  Hayley is a genuine voice of a smart person who doesn’t want to be sometimes.  She just wants to have a mom, live a normal life, and avoid any kind of confrontation despite all that is going on inside of her.  Her dad, a severely affected veteran, is the main adult in her life – mom dead  and  gone – and on the edge of leaving all behind including the daughter he dearly loves.  But both these people have friends, new and old, who in human fashion do their best to reach out and be friends.  This is not a pretty, cozy story.  Suicide, alcoholism, drug abuse, family dysfunction – it’s all there but the crux of the matter is, we are not alone in failing, in surviving, in coming to terms with our lives.  Eloquently written by Anderson, I was quite jealous that this writer is so good at writing about inner and outer demons yet nary a trace of hypocrisy or dishonest portrayal to make the story cute or more readable.  Yes, there is humor, albeit gallows humor sometimes, in the story and humanity reigns in the conversations and confrontations.  It is books and stories like these that make me look up and wonder about the people in my view…and know, now there’s a story walking.knife