Thursday, April 30, 2020

SYNC's Free Audiobook Program Is Back!

• SYNC Free Audiobook Program -

Today is the start of the 2020 SYNC summer audiobook giveaway -- each week, participants can download two FREE young adult audiobooks, to keep forever. Some will lean to the older interest-level (up to adult), some younger.

This week's theme is "Perceptions." The audiobooks offered are The 57 Bus (non-fiction) by Dasha Slater, which was a recent faculty Diversity Book Club selection, and a novel, Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson.

These two will only be available for download through next Wednesday, May 6. On Thursday, SYNC will release another pair, also available for one week.

Register for Thursday reminder emails at  Audiobooks will download and play in the Sora digital app (get it at Google Play or the App Store). You don't even have to know or have a Paideia Library account info to use it for SYNC books.

Directions on how to get started with SYNC, whether you already use Sora for library ebooks & audiobooks, or you're brand new to the idea, are in the SYNC Frequently Asked Questions section.

I'll be happy to troubleshoot if needed; just (virtually) give me a holler. And as always, contact me if you need to get your Paideia Library account info to borrow thousands of ebooks and audiobooks with Sora.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Family Book Club Ideas

An upper school parent just emailed to ask for reading suggestions for their grandparent/teenager "virtual" book club.   What a great idea -- the grandparents are staying isolated for health reasons, the teens are avid readers, and a shared book discussion can be Zoomed with plenty of prompts to keep the conversation going.

Here's what I came up with, a mix of fiction, non-fiction, classics & contemporary, adult & YA, that ought to offer enough choice to keep the family book club going until we can ALL go out again.

Paideia's junior high book club is having our first "virtual" meeting on Tuesday.  The book is Graceling, which is far too good to skip discussing just because we can't talk in the same room.  We're all set to Zoom!

If you have any favorite multi-generational reading ideas, share in the comments below!

Books for a Family "Virtual Book Club"
(title with * can be borrowed from our Sora digital collection

• Any of Jules Verne's adventure novels (Around the World in 80 Days; 20,0000 Leagues Under the Sea*, and others)

A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle, the novel that introduced Sherlock Holmes to the world, or any of the Sherlock Holmes short story collections*

• Dread Nation* by Justina Ireland. Nominally YA alternate Civil War history with zombies, but it's really an a subversive action/thriller about race, passing, societal expectations by class & gender, and weapon-wielding girl power!  A New York Times YA bestseller, with the sequel just released this spring.  👍

• The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane* by Kate DiCamillo.  It's theoretically elementary, but author Ann Patchett just wrote an essay for the New York Times declaring it a "life changing book." 

• True Grit by Charles Portis

• Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Frankenstein* (Mary Shelley) or Dracula* (Bram Stoker)

• The Boys in the Boat* by Daniel James Brown (non-fiction) -- I'd go for the Young Reader's edition.  It took me FOREVER to read the original adult edition. It's good, but so detailed.

• The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind* by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer- -- non-fiction, either the adult or Young Reader edition

• All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries #1 by Martha Wells  -- short sci-fi novel starring a self-aware cyborg unit discovering its humanity

• Tom Sawyer* by Mark Twain (not Huckleberry Finn, leave that for lit class or college)

and I should also add

Becoming*, the bestselling autobiography/memoir by Michelle Obama.