Heights Library is one of seven nationally to test new technology
If you want to know where to find some of the newest technology in multimedia, look no further than your Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. The Heights Library was recently selected by Findaway World as one of only seven libraries nationally to test market the company's new Playaway View technology.
The View is a small, hand-held device which is self-contained and preloaded with digital video content for children. It’s a great option for families on the go or when traveling with children.
“We expect them to be very popular,” said Constance Dickerson, the Heights Library children’s service coordinator. “The Views represent one-stop shopping at its finest and most convenient.”
With no DVDs needed, viewers need only plug in a pair of earbuds (or use the built-in speaker) and press play to begin watching the all-in-one unit. The device weights only 5.4 pounds and boasts an impressive 3.5-inch full-color LCD screen.
The Heights Library will begin its collection with 25 units, each of which has multiple programs for a total of up to 160 minutes of viewing. Titles include "Sesame Street" and several selections of animated books.
Circulation of the Views began in early December. One View can be checked out per library card, and can be kept for a one-week period.
The Views are produced and distributed by Findaway World, the company that also supplies the library with the popular Playaway digital all-in-one audio listening devices. Findaway World is offering an incentive to library patrons who are willing to provide feedback on the use of the product. Anyone who checks out a View during the test period will have the opportunity to complete a survey and become eligible for a $100 VISA gift card.
Dean Schnurr is the Marketing and Community Relations Manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.