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New Read-Along Books Now Feature Easy-to-Use Embedded Audiobooks
- Read-alongs now available for check out at Broward County Library -

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Broward County Library now offers new, all-in-one read-along books, the perfect tool for parents and caregivers looking to reduce their children’s screen time, encourage reading and improve literacy skills.

The new read-alongs are print books that feature an embedded audiobook. Up until now,  read-alongs  were usually a two-part set with a book and accompanying CD or cassette. With the updated versions, children can simply push a button to listen to the story as they read along. No WiFi, computers, tablet or additional device is needed, and there are no CDs or cassette tapes to misplace or damage. 

Broward County Library offers both Playaway Wonderbooks and VOX™ Books. The Wonderbooks' collection includes picture books, easy readers and titles for older readers, including chapter books. They also feature a Learning Mode, which provides a fun, educator-vetted question-and-answer session that keeps kids talking about the books they just read. VOX™ Books' collection features picture books and easy readers. Bilingual Spanish/English titles are available. 

"Read-along books are a fun way to help children develop their vocabulary and helps with reading comprehension," says Broward County Library Director Kelvin Watson. "They're another way for the library to reach out to our youngest readers and help them to develop crucial literacy skills." 

Customers can check out the read-along books at any Broward County Library location or visit our online catalog at to browse and place holds on read-along titles. Read-alongs can be checked out for 21 days at a time, with up to two, seven-day renewals. 

About Broward County Libraries Division 
Broward County Libraries Divisionnamed 2015 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association, was founded in 1974 and is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 7.5 million walk-in customers visiting its 38 locations annually. Broward County Libraries Division provides convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation. Visit our website,, or follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

DATE: December 17, 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402