We have some great audio resources at the Wilson Libraries including Playaways! Playaway is the newest way to listen to a book and read along with it. There is no need for a separate cassette or CD player since the entire book is tucked inside the player.
We have a variety of titles for each of our age groups. These are extremely popular items, and the students are excited about using them. They also know that if they are not responsible, they will lose the privilege of checking them out. The teacher-librarians do not foresee any major problems, though it is possible that a Playaway unit may be lost. When students and parents sign the Library Use Agreement at the beginning of the year, they have to option to choose whether or not they will be able to check out audiobooks on CD and/or Playaway. When a student checks out a Playaway, he or she is responsible for all parts, which includes the case, Playaway audiobook unit, earphones, and lanyard.
The replacement costs for lost or broken items are as follows:
Playaway audiobook unit: varies by title, usually between $40.00 to $75.00
Case with foam insert: $5.00
The overdue fine for Playaways is $0.05 per day. Students are encouraged to check out the accompanying book with the Playaway and read along with it. If you want to see what Playaways are like, stop by during Meet the Teacher Night, American Education Week, or any other time of year. We love visitors!