QA’s li­brary now of­fers au­dio­books for chil­dren

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STEVENSVILLE — Some­thing new has ar­rived on the shelves of the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary, giv­ing chil­dren new op­tions for lis­ten­ing to sto­ries.

VOX Books are hard­cover pic­ture books that pro­vide full pro­fes­sional au­dio nar­ra­tion us­ing a unique au­dio reader at­tached to the book. The per­ma­nently at­tached 5mm de­vice reads aloud at ev­ery flip of a page. Chil­dren sim­ply push a but­ton to lis­ten while they read. The de­vices in­clude a built-in speaker for fam­ily or class­room use, while a head­phone jack al­lows for in­di­vid­ual learn­ing.

“This is a modern ver­sion of the old book and tape sets,” said youth ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor Julie Ranelli. “Many chil­dren no longer have ac­cess to cas­sette and CD play­ers.”

Ranelli said the Kent Is­land Li­brary of­fers two por­ta­ble CD play­ers for cus­tomers to bor­row, and those have been used pri­mar­ily by cus­tomers who want to lis­ten to books on CD.

“We pro­vide au­dio­books in mul­ti­ple for­mats,” said youth ser­vices li­brar­ian Elaine Con­way, who men­tioned VOX Books and Play­aways as dig­i­tal de­vice for­mats avail­able in the li­brary, along with the Libby and Hoopla apps that of­fer free au­dio­book down­loads for cus­tomers with a li­brary card.

Stud­ies have shown au­dio­book users im­prove their read­ing com­pre­hen­sion and read­ing ac­cu­racy by lis­ten­ing to sto­ries paired with fol­low-along text.

The col­lec­tion of 50 VOX Books was funded by Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brary.

“The more than 300 mem­bers of the Friends of the Li­brary are proud to be able to fund the pur­chase of VOX Books for Kent Is­land and Cen­tre­ville Li­braries. Th­ese should be a won­der­ful new re­source for par­ents and care­givers, and are a great ad­di­tion to all the chil­drens’ pro­gram­ming al­ready pro­vided by the amaz­ing staff at our Li­braries,” said Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brary Board Pres­i­dent Kathie Smar­ick. We’re there! www.face­ stardemo­crat

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