Media Services Update

The media services team wanted to share this exciting news of free summer listening. 

SYNC 2018—year 9—launches April 26th and ends July 25th! We will give away 26 titles—two paired audiobook downloads a week. This year's authors include Kwame Alexander, Jazz Jennings, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Check out the lineup of exciting audiobook titles.

The SYNC program is a project of AudioFile Magazine in partnership with OverDrive and audiobook publishers.

How can you promote SYNC?

  • Utilize the print and digital items available in the SYNC Toolkit to introduce SYNC to your patrons, students, and other readers.
  • Encourage teen readers to text syncya to 25827 to receive text alerts about all the featured titles.
  • Visit and sign up for title alerts by email.
  • Have your listeners download the OverDrive app in advance of the program.

Technology Integration Services Update

Changes in Ed Tech

Just as there is always something new in technology, there are also things that change or go away. There have been several announcements in April relating to educational technology that may affect services you use in your classroom. Here’s what’s new, what’s changed, and what’s going away from this past month.


In early April, Padlet announced a change to its free plan from unlimited Padlets to all users to any new accounts being limited to three Padlets and all pre-existing users keeping the Padlets they had plus three new ones. Everything you love about Padlet is still there to use for free, such as YouTube videos and websites that can be viewed inside Padlet, but in order to get more than three new Padlets, you’ll need to subscribe to Padlet’s Jetpack at $99 a year. Keep an eye on Padlet’s Twitter account, as they have suggested there may be a lower tier subscription option coming soon.

If you like shortening your URL’s before sharing them, Google’s URL shortner,, is coming to an end. If you’ve never used the service before, unfortunately, you won’t be able to ever use it after April 13, 2018. Current users will still have access to the page through March 2019, but then it will disappear forever. Google says that any URL created with will continue to direct to the correct website after that, but if you want to create new shortened URL’s, you’ll have to use a different service, such as or TinyURL.


Now for some good news: Google launched Grasshopper, a free coding app for iOS and Android. The app currently is offering training in Javascript through puzzles and quizzes, but the developers, working out of Google’s Area 120 labs, have promised to roll out additional content in the coming month. No word yet what is coming next, but all content will be free, following Google’s model for its other products.

Librarian's Update