Join Us on Friday June 14th for our Annual Brunch!
$5 for NCLA Members and Students
$20 for non-members
Join us as to learn about the SHS Learning Commons and Innovation Lab at the Syosset High School from Syosset High School Education Technology Specialist Kristina Holzweiss, School Media Specialist Lynn Ortlieb and School Media Specialist Sarah Wasser. Our panel will also feature Sharon Long, Head of Teen Services at the Syosset Public Library as they discuss best practices and how to build collaboration between school and public librarians. Ms. Holzweiss was the recipient of the School Library Journal (SLJ) School Librarian of the Year 2015.
If you were able to attend Long Island Library Conference on May 9th, I hope you were able to attend Michael Crouch’s talk on audio books because it was amazing. And no, I am not just saying that because it was sponsored by YASD. If you didn’t get a chance, or just want to relive it, continue reading.
Michael (Mr. Crouch sounds too formal and I think he will be okay with me just using his first name), shared the general aspects recording audio books, as well as his own experience and procedures for recording them. He considers himself an actor, as that is what he went to school for, who also records audio books and does voice overs.
Just like actors, narrators sometimes have to audition for the books they narrate. While the authors don’t have much to do with the recording, they do have a say in who does it. Usually, the recording aspect only involves the narrator, an engineer and a director. When audio books have multiple narrators, it is rare that they record together in the same book. The process of recording is usually done in 2 or 3 days, with getting around 3 usable hours of audio a day. This took him some getting used to.
In preparing for his recording sessions, Michael will first read through the book. He then writes an reaction to it and makes notes of the characters. The day before he will go through it again and use color pens to make marks when he needs to use different voices. Michael likes to make sure that each major character has their own voice but doesn’t worry about the smaller ones. For example, John in chapter 3 with two lines can have the same voice as Michael in chapter 15 with 4 lines. It is important to him to stay present and not just read the words. Michael also stated that as a narrator you are the sub for the author who cares about it, therefore you have to as well.
Some other interesting facts about Michael Crouch he shared was:
He is a fan of audio books himself
A favorite audio book of his is Pat Conroy’s The Prince of Tides
Records 30-40 books a year
The first book was The Proving Trail by Louis L’Amour
The one that got him the most recognition was Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda
The most challenging book he recorded was the middle grade book Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
Most of the books he narrates are fiction, and when he does non-fiction it tends to be narrative
Recorded his first non-narrative non-fiction book recently
Also if you haven’t heard him read an audio book, I highly recommend you do. Click here to head on over to National Digital Doorway and see what you can start listening to for free. Personally, I recommend Heretics Anonymous.
Thank you Michael Crouch for coming and talking with us! You did an amazing job.
For this year’s Long Island Library Conference, YASD is bringing you audio book narrator Michael Crouch.
You may not recognize the name Michael Crouch, but there is a chance you will recognize his voice. This NYC based audio book narrator has narrated several audio books for children and teens. For some he is the sole narrator, while for others he is part of a cast. “He can also be heard on national commercials, cartoons, video games, and the animé series Pokémon XY and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.”
“His audiobook narration has earned two Audie Awards, multiple Earphones Awards, and Best of the Year listings from Slate, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and AudioFile.”
To view all of his awards check out the list on his website here.
To listen to books Michael Crouch has narrated, follow this link to Nassau Digital Doorway.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Long Island Library Conference on May 9 and hope you are just as excited as we are to hear Michael Crouch speak.
Until then, you can follow Michael Crouch on Twitter.
*Please Note: All sentences in quotes are taken directly from Michael Crouch’s website. As did the photo of him.
A selection of links to articles, booklists and more that were tweeted during the month of January and February.
Every month you will find a collection of selected links here on the blog in case you missed seeing them on Twitter or would just like a easy way to find them. This post is including last month as well.
We closed out 2018 with our annual December Brunch and Installation of Officers on Thursday, December 13th, at the beautiful Roosevelt Public Library. Thank you to all who were able to attend!
Three awards for Excellence in Programming were given out at the brunch as well.
Pamela Pattwell, of the Massapequa Public Library, won the “Teen Display of the Year” for her beautiful display featuring a hand drawn lion with a handmade leaf mane. Laura Giunta, of the Garden City Public Library, won the “Most Innovative Program” for her Ghostbusters-themed Locked-in-the-Library Halloween Party. Finally, Christa Lucarelli, of the Farmingdale Public Library, won the “Successful Community Service Program” award for her Triple P Program, in which teens earn community service by partnering with teens with special needs. Congratulations to all of our award winners!
Our guest speaker, YA author Ibi Zoboi, gave the audience an overview of her writing life and how she has given back to her community. Kaysha Watson-Phillips, our president, kicked off the talk by reading Ibi’s “fun bio” from her website:
“Ibi Zoboi was born in Haiti and immigrated to New York with her mother when she was four years-old. Everything about her new home was both strange and magical. This is why she loves reading and writing science-fiction, fantasy, and mythology. And she loves love stories, too! Ibi wears lots of bright colors and is a huge fan of mangos, avocados, dry humor, long-winded storytellers, and modest skirts. She also smiles, laughs, and cries often—sometimes all at once. She lives in Brooklyn with her three children, her husband the art teacher, and three pet turtles named Lucky, Jade, and Leo. It’s a messy house.” http://ibizoboi.net/about
Ibi explained that in her neighborhood, there were no bookstores growing up. Instead of buying books, she visited her local library, and un-returned books became her own personal library at home. She assured us that those books were eventually paid for!
One of the formative books in her life was Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. She learned about herself and what it meant to be a young girl through that book as well as other Judy Blume books. Judy Blume became a safe space for Ibi.
As Ibi got older, reading was no longer “cool” among her peers, so she stopped reading for fun. Reading at home would have been a luxury, anyway, because her time was taken up by homework, MTV, and chatting on the phone.
Then, unfortunately, she was hit by a school bus and consequently confined to her house and bed for a time. It was during that time when she was forced to stay at home in bed that she rediscovered reading through Stephen King books. Instead of Judy Blume, Stephen King became her new safe space. Ibi recalled that her mother likely picked up Stephen King books only because they were on display at the library.
However, her true re-entry into reading was thanks to a movie star. After seeing Halle Berry in the movie Queen, she picked up the book the movie was based on after seeing it on a display at the library. These stories are a great reminder that decision fatigue is a real thing, and that our patrons will pick up books they see on display!
“Good books rise up to reach its readers,” Ibi said. She didn’t know what a bestseller was, and didn’t particularly care. Books found their way into her life not because they were on lists, but because librarians knew their value and helped put them into her hands.
Ibi’s interests branched out to slave narratives, Octavia Butler, and Toni Morrison. This love of reading grew and grew, and included her love of writing. To spread her love of writing with the girls in her Brooklyn community, she formed a writing group and published the girls’ work under the title Daughters of Anacaona. She also connected to a group of girls in Haiti, and helped raise money for notebooks and cooks for the girls’ writing event.
Later, Ibi formed the “Brooklyn Blossoms Book Club,” a mother/daughter book club. At the big, one-time event, the girls had the option to do art projects that related to the books they had read, as well as meet the authors. Families could also apply for a library card and buy books at the event. It was Ibi’s love of books in the library, and not having a way to buy them, that sparked her to start this and other literacy programs.
Thank you to Ibi Zoboi for speaking at our event, and to Kaysha, our outgoing YASD president for planning this great morning!