Free Summer Audiobooks from Sync

Sync Audio Books


Want to enjoy some great, free audiobooks this summer? For the third year, the Sync website, administered by Audiofile magazine, is offering two free audiobook downloads each week, starting May 30 and continuing through August 21. Titles offered each week will be paired, featuring one contemporary book and one classic on a related theme. Here is the schedule:

May 30 – June 5, 2013
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, read by Rebecca Gibel (AudioGO)
The Tempest by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (AudioGO)

June 6 – June 12, 2013
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, read by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Audio)

June 13 – June 19, 2013
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton (Scholastic Audiobooks)
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, read by Robert Ramirez (Recorded Books)

June 20 – June 26, 2013
Once by Morris Gleitzman, read by Morris Gleitzman (Bolinda Audio)
Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr., read by Dion Graham (christianaudio)

June 27 – July 3, 2013
Rotters by Daniel Kraus, read by Kirby Heyborne (Listening Library)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, read by Jim Weiss (Listening Library)

July 4 – July 10, 2013
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford, read by Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio)
She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

July 11 – July 17, 2013
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, read by Peter Altschuler (HarperAudio)
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, read by Simon Vance (Tantor Audio)

July 18 – July 24, 2013
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, read by Erin Moon (Recorded Books)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

July 25 – July 31, 2013
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, read by Charlie McWade (Scholastic Audiobooks)
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, read by Steve West (Blackstone Audio)

Aug 1 – Aug 7, 2013
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane, read by Dan Weyman (Macmillan Audio)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Ralph Cosham (Blackstone Audio)

Aug 8 – Aug 14, 2013
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, read by Katherine Kellgren (Brilliance Audio)
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, read by Miriam Margolyes (Bolinda Audio)

Aug 15 – Aug 21, 2013
Sold by Patricia McCormick, read by Justine Eyre (Tantor Audio)
Let Me Stand Alone by Rachel Corrie, read by Tavia Gilbert (Blackstone Audio)

You can click on the above links for more information about each book.

To participate, be sure to download each of the selections during the scheduled week. The books will no longer be available after the last day of each week. You can visit the Sync site for more information and to request text message or email alerts each week.

Enjoy listening!


Free Family Digital Literacy Night

Please join us in the Mira Costa Library on Thursday evening, May 23, for a Family Digital Literacy Night. Jane Lofton, Mira Costa High Teacher Librarian, will be sharing information with parents and students.

 Family Digital Literacy Night Flyer

Link to Flyer

The evening, which is appropriate for students from all grades, will include discussion of digital literacy topics, including:

  • BALANCE — Maintaining a healthy balance between work and play, online and offline activities.
  • ETHICAL USE — Helping kids understand the consequences of ethical choices they make online.
  • PRIVACY — Protecting personal information and maintaining privacy.
  • RELATIONSHIPS — Engaging in safe and healthy relationship with technology as a tool.
  • REPUTATION — A positive online reputation that will contribute to future success.
  • ONLINE SECURITY — Good habits for securing hardware and software.
The evening will also include a free pizza dinner, sponsored by Verizon.

Please contact Jane Lofton with any questions, and RSVP by May 20 using this form link.

Digital Literacy Webinars in Progress


Digital Literacy Webinar Series

Come join us in the Mira Costa library for a series of Digital Literacy Webinars now in progress each Thursday afternoon from 3:30 PM – 4:10 PM until June 13. This series, which focuses on a different aspect of digital literacy each week, is sponsored by the California Department of Education, California School Library Association, and CTAP.

April 25 – California’s Education Vision
State Superintendent’s Office
Craig Cheslog, Chief Advisor to the SPI

May 2 – Privacy Protection
State Attorney General’s Office
Joanne McNabb, Education and Outreach

May 9 – College Readiness
California Higher Education
Annette Marines, Instructional Librarian UCSB
Christina Cichetti, Educational Specialist UCR
Lesley Farmer, Media Leadership, CSULB

May 16 – Digital Citizens
Governor’s Digital Literacy Executive Order
California Technology Agency
Brenda Kempster, iCalifornia

May 23 – Curriculum and Assessment
Common Core and Digital Literacy
Tom Adams, CDE Director of Curriculum

May 30 – Intellectual Property and Copyright
Communication and Creative Industries
Jill Lesser, Executive Director
Center for Copyright Information

June 6 – Best Practices Around California
County Offices of Education
Elementary, Middle, and High School
Dennis Deets CTAP Director
Glenn Warren, CSLA Vice President

June 13 – Digital Citizens and Bullying Prevention
California State Parent Teacher Association
Brian Bonner, VP of Parent Involvement

To attend at the Mira Costa Library, please RSVP at or contact Jane Lofton with any questions.