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WonderBooks are interactive electronic audiobook readers.


What are audiobook readers?
Audiobook readers combination printed text with audio narration. Each physical book has an embedded electronic component that plays the narration of the story.


Why would I want to use an audiobook reader?
Audiobook readers are designed to allow the reader to read-along with the story or enjoy the book without narration. This format can be used as an audio learning tool that promotes literacy. Seeing the printed words and hearing the narration encourages vocabulary development, phonics and reading comprehension.


What kind of content is available?
Picture books and early readers.


Are there any accessories that come with an audiobook reader?
Each interactive audio book has a built-in player with on/off controls, volume controls, a built-in speaker, a headphone jack for independent listening and a micro-USB charging port. Alexandria Library does not supply headphones or micro-USB power cords. Each book is fully charged before each checkout.


How do I find the audiobook readers?
The audiobook readers can be found online in our catalog. Click here to review a list of available titles.


How do I checkout an audiobook reader?
At this time, audiobook readers can be found at Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library and checked out by any cardholder in good standing. Books in this collection can also be placed on hold through the online catalog for pickup at one of the Library’s branches.


How long can I check out an audiobook reader?
Audiobook readers may be borrowed from the Alexandria Library for 3 weeks and may be renewed.


Is there a limit to how many audiobook readers I can check out?
Only 10 audio-visual items may be checked out per customer. This includes items such as DVDs and audiobooks on CD.


What do I do if I damaged or lost an audiobook reader?
If an audiobook reader is damaged or lost while checked out to the customer, the borrower is responsible for the full cost of the book, $45-$115. Customers cannot purchase replacement audiobook readers.


How do I use Wonderbooks or Vox Books?
Using the Wonderbook is as simple as plugging in headphones and pressing a button.