Welcome to a special section on LearningThroughListening.org with resources and tools for school librarians and media specialists. The tools below will help you incorporate listening into your library or media center and assist students with print-related disabilities with educational tasks that require library and media resources.
Celebrate Libraries at LearningThroughListening.org!
- we're celebrating National Library Week by featuring a new case story on how a school librarian can provide access and opportunities to informational media for all members of the school community
- we're featuring lesson plans that focus on books about books, librarians, and libraries. Download these plans to use with students, or share them with other educators at your institution as you promote library use this month!
- Make sure your students with print-related disabilities sign up for a free individual membership with RFB&D this year - it's their "library card" for accessible audio materials!
Get your students listening and reading with five new listening activities and lessons for use in your library or media center.
Research and Reference Assistance for Students
Help students write required book reports and papers with these new tools:
- How to Use Audiobooks for Research Papers: For students, research can be overwhelming and tedious, but it can also be exciting to learn new things. Help your students follow these simple steps to find out how audiobooks can help make research manageable and enjoyable. PDF | RTF
- Bibliography FAQs for Audiobook Users: This guide to writing a bibliography was developed for students that use audio materials, but can be used with all students writing required book reports and papers. PDF | RTF
- Audiobook Bibliographies for frequently requested paper topics:
- State reports (listing of titles by state): PDF | RTF
- Animals: PDF | RTF
- Inventions and Discoveries: PDF | RTF
- Presidents of the United States: PDF | RTF
- Science Fair Projects: PDF | RTF
Starting an RFB&D Learning Through Listening Center
Consider starting an RFB&D Learning Through Listening center in your library for students with print-related disabilities to access audio versions of literature and textbooks. These checklists and resources will get you started:
- Guide for Setting up RFB&D’s LTL Program in Your Library or Media Center: PDF | RTF
- Media Specialist's Checklist: PDF | RTF
- Information on types of accessible audiobooks available from RFB&D:
Special Lesson Plan Topics for LibrariansSeptember 26th to October 3rd, 2009 is Banned Books Week. Read about RFB&D's participation in this important event
, and check out these lesson plans
on titles from the American Library Association's list of challenged books and books by frequently challenged authors.Award winners:
RFB&D's library has over 50,000 audio books, including numerous award-winning literature titles. The Learning Through Listening website features selected lesson plans on award winners and notable books
from the ALA's Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Accelerated readers:
RFB&D's library has over 4,300 accelerated readers, and over 160 of these have lesson plans available. Check out this sample list of accelerated readers with lesson plans
or search our lesson plan repository by title or keyword
."One Book" program:
"One Book" projects are community-wide reading programs initiated by the Washington Center for the Book in 1998 that are now being introduced across the U.S.A. and around the world. Check out a list of current "One Book" titles with lesson plans
available in the Learning Through Listening lesson plan repository.
Storytime and Read-alouds
The Learning Through Listening lesson plan repository
contains lesson plans that can be used in conjunction with reading stories aloud. Check out the three lesson plans listed below or use our lesson plan search feature to locate plans that include reading a story aloud or can be adapted for storytime.
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