News from BCLS: Audio+Print books available for children to read along | Community News

Berkeley County Library System is pushing free kids’ materials to help with literacy, including audio-enabled print books, pre-loaded tablets and videos and a collection of animated talking eBooks.

Through VOX Books, children can read print books with a permanently attached VOX reader that “transforms to an all-in-one read-along,” according to a BCLS press release. Children and parents do not need computers, tablets or CDs to read the book. Instead, kids can push a button to listen to the story as they follow the words on the page.

The second option is called Wonderbook, a children’s print book that comes pre-loaded with an audiobook player permanently bound to the inside cover, the release says. Like with VOX Books, children can simply press play to read along.

Last of all, BCLS offers TumbleBooks, an online collection of animated talking eBooks, according to the release. TumbleBooks are existing picture books with added animation, sound, music and narration, so children can either read the book themselves or be read to.

The libraries also provide pre-loaded devices of kids’ content without the need for wifi. To check out a device, go to BCLS’s website, click on its Catalog and search for launchpad tablets.

Parents can also borrow learning videos, movies and TV shows through Launchpad Videos, which they can access without a mobile device or wifi.

For more information on BCLS, visit berkeleylibrarysc.org.

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