Available at the Lakeview Library:
In the spring of 2010, the Lakeview library was awarded a Northwest Education Foundation (NEF) grant for $3,847.41 to purchase Playaways and their accompanying books! Thank you to NEF for supporting our library!
Not familiar with Playaways? Here are some FAQ's:
What are Playaways? Playaways are preloaded digital audiobooks. Each one is a self-contained unit with either one or two chapter book(s) or more than one picture book recorded on it.
What comes with a Playaway? Each Playaway comes with the unit itself, as well as a AAA battery, and a lanyard to make it easy to keep up with. For sanitation reasons, students need to provide their own earbuds.
In addition, this NEF grant has provided funding for a hardback copy of each of the books recorded on the Playaways. Students may check these books out with the units to read along. Checking out the book along with the Playaway will not count against their library checkout limits.
How does my child check out a Playaway? Playaways typically range in price from $34.99 - $44.99. Obviously, this is more expensive than most library books. In the event that one is lost or damaged, they must be paid for just like library books. In order to make sure that parents aren't caught by surprise if their child loses or damages a Playaway and must pay for it, students will be asked to have a parent permission form signed and on file in the library before checking out a Playaway. Once this is done, however, then they are good to go!
Where can my child or I get the permission form? Click on this permission form link. Students do not have to renew their permission forms each year.
Which grades may check out Playaways? Kindergarten through fifth grade students may check out Playaways on their own after having the parent permission form filled out.
How many Playaways can be checked out at a time? One Playaway can be checked out at a time, along with a copy of the book if the student would like to follow along with the narrator. This is in addition to their normal library checkout limits (one book for kindergarten, two for grades 1-4 and three for grade 5).
What is the checkout period for Playaways? Playaways are on a two-week checkout period, the same as the majority of library books.
What are some of the titles that will be available? Over 50 titles are in our Playaway collection. Here are just a few of them:
For younger readers:
The Boy Who Cried Wolf and other Favorite Fairy Tales
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type and other Barnyard Stories
Clifford! the Big Red dog and other Clifford Stories
Curious George Rides a Bike and other Storybook Classics
Harry the Dirty Dog and other Animal Stories
Insects and Oceans
Johnny Appleseed and other Stories about America
Knuffle Bunny and other Stories about Family
For intermediate readers:
Geronimo Stilton (two separate Playaway units)
Boxcar Children: The Ghost Ship Mystery and the Chocolate Sundae Mystery (two units)
The Best School Year Ever
Jack Russell: Dog Detective
The Lion, the Witch and theWardrobe
My Friends Call me Monster (by R.L. Stein)
Science with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (2 units)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
For older readers:
Best Friends and Drama Queens
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Lost and Found
The Maze of Bones (39 Clues Series)
The Lightning Thief
Piper Reed: Navy Brat
What features are included on a Playaway? Playaways are very simple to operate. The controls include play, stop, pause and a speed feature that allows the student to slow down the rate of narration if a student is following along and cannot read comfortably at the same speed as the narrator. There is no record feature, so it's impossible to accidentally record over the story.
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Why was this grant written? As a librarian, the enjoyment I feel when I watch students get excited about reading is indescribable. Unfortunately, many students lose this excitement as the years go on. Reading for pleasure gets replaced with many other daily activities, and lifelong reading and learning becomes unimportant to students. I've even read comments from students who think that reading is just a waste of their time!
In addition, students who are struggling readers due to a variety of factors (dyslexia, English as a second language, etc.) often get discouraged. Over fifteen years of teaching has taught me that they must practice their reading to improve, but it can be such a tiring struggle for them.
Studies have shown that using audio books is a great way to motivate and help reluctant and struggling readers. They can also be great for readers who are ready for more challenging texts, though. In this way, Playaways can be beneficial to every student at Lakeview, no matter what their reading level or attitude is. They are already so tuned-in to technology, so it's also very comfortable for them.
This grant has enabled the Lakeview library to create a strong collection of Playaway units which can be updated and built up in coming years.