ReadAlongs are the newest items in our collection, combining picture books with full audio recordings for early readers. A total of 182 items with 57 titles debuted at the grand reopening of the new Waldo Branch on June 8, but are now available for placing holds and picking up at all locations. There is a limit of one checkout and three holds per person and each ReadAlong checks out for 28 days, like other print books and books on CD.
To get started, all you have to do is push a button to listen and read from beginning to end. ReadAlongs have a speaker and an earphone jack for listening. Initial settings are for headphone volume, so you may have to increase the volume when listening without headphones. They also inlcude a rechargable battery which lasts through 100 plays and are charged by staff upon return. A blue light flashes when the ReadAlong is reaching the end of the current battery charge. No data or Wi-Fi is required.
More ReadAlongs may be added to the collection in the future, but additions may differ slightly as improvements are made to the Micro-USB charging port and charge indicator.