New Way to Listen to Audio Books Comes to Metro Libraries


The next generation of recorded books is coming to the Metropolitan Library System. 

They’re called Playaways—a simple name for a simple-to-operate device library card holders can borrow at no cost from their neighborhood library.  Playaways will be formally introduced to the public during Playaway Days on February 14th and 15th.

“The Playaway is the first self-playing digital audio book,” said MLS Director of Marketing Kim Terry.  “We’re excited to add this innovative HD Audio digital format to our existing audiobook collection.”

At half the size of a deck of cards, Playaway is the newest and best way to listen to a book on the go.  With no tapes or CDs each unit can hold up to eighty hours of HD Audio content.  Using clearly marked buttons, Playaway gives listeners the ability to move back and forth within or between chapters and alter the speed of a narrator’s voice.  It even has an automatic bookmark feature that remembers where you left off.  Additionally, Playaway has a universal headphone jack that works with almost any type of headphone or mobility accessory.

During Playaway Days, library staff will be on hand to introduce library customers to the new devices.  Playaways can be examined and instructions given on how to operate them.  Customers will also have the chance to check out a Playaway, or put one on reserve.

Demonstrations will be at the Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, on Tuesday, February 14th, from 1:30p.m.- 4:30p.m.

The Village Library, 10307 N. Pennsylvania, and Capitol Hill Library, 334 S.W. 26th, on Wednesday, February 15th from 9:00a.m.- Noon.

Warr Acres Library, 5901 N.W. 63rd, and Del City Library, 4509 S.E. 15th on Wednesday, February 15 from 1:30p.m. – 4:30p.m.

“Playaways are great for everyone in the family,” Terry added.  “They’re almost impossible to mess up.  You can erase it, or copy it, or record over it.  Playaways have all the best features of audiobooks with none of the weaknesses.”

For more information about the Metropolitan Library System, visit the MLS website,

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