All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday, Feb. 19 for President’s Day. They will reopen their normal business hours Tuesday, Feb. 20.
The Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 to prepare for the Ocean County Library Foundation’s 2nd Annual Links with the Masters fundraiser. The branch will resume regular hours Saturday, Feb. 24.

PLAYAWAY® Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What is PLAYAWAY®?  It is the market's first self-playing digital audio book.

How big is a PLAYAWAY® and how much content can it hold?  PLAYAWAY® is about half the size of a deck of cards and will hold the audio for an entire book, up to 80 hours of playtime.

What does the audio sound like on a PLAYAWAY®?  PLAYAWAY® audio is of equal or greater quality to digital downloads available today, due to proprietary audio processing and leading edge production.

Why can't I add, delete or transfer content on or from a PLAYAWAY®?   In order to protect the copyrighted works of authors and publishers as traditional books do, you are unable to make copies of PLAYAWAY®.

How does PLAYAWAY® compare to audio on cassette or CD?  PLAYAWAY® is more convenient and easier to enjoy than juggling multiple CDs, cassettes or a separate player.  PLAYAWAY® allows the listener to control the speed of the narrator's voice and automatically bookmarks the last place they left off after powering down.

How does PLAYAWAY® compare to digital downloads and other forms of on-the-go downloading like cell phones?  PLAYAWAY® comes pre-loaded with great digital content, so it does not require information transfer fees, subscriptions, memberships, or even an Internet connection. Just plug-in your headphones and listen wherever you go.

Will the PLAYAWAY® I check out from the Library have earphones included?
Because so many listeners use and prefer their own earphones, they are not circulated along with the PLAYAWAY®.  Ear-buds are available for purchase at the circulation desk for a nominal charge of $1.50.>

Can I use another set of headphones with my PLAYAWAY®?  Absolutely!  In addition to the earphones provided, PLAYAWAY® was designed with a universal headphone jack to work with almost any type of headphones, speakers or car adapters.

Can I use PLAYAWAY® in a car?  Yes. PLAYAWAY® was specifically designed to use with most commonly available cassette adapters and FM transmitters.

Is my PLAYAWAY® waterproof?  While the PLAYAWAY® should not be harmed if it gets splashed, it should not be used under water.

How do I turn on my PLAYAWAY®?  Press the PLAYAWAY® button once to power it on. The PLAYAWAY® button is the center button on the bottom row, just beneath the LCD. It has the PLAYAWAY® logo on it. The unit is now on in a paused state. Now you can plug in your ear buds - or any other headphones, speakers or adapter. Finally, when you're ready, press the PLAYAWAY® button again and the book will begin to play.

How do I replace the battery?  The base of the PLAYAWAY® has a battery door that can be removed, much like on a common remote control. Simply snap it off - don't worry, you won't break it. It takes some force. Once it's off just replace the battery with a standard AAA, and snap the battery cover back in place.

How long does one AAA battery last? Every PLAYAWAY® is circulated with a pre-loaded standard AAA battery that will provide up to 12 hours of playtime. Depending on total playtime, some titles come with an extra battery.

How do I know how much battery life is left in my unit? The PLAYAWAY® LCD has a small battery icon that is displayed on screen. There are four levels of battery life reflected in the icon. When one bar is left in the battery icon, you have 20% power left.

How do I use the lanyard?  Locate the lanyard attachment area at the narrow top of the player. To attach the lanyard, simply thread and loop the lanyard into the indentation.

What do I do if my PLAYAWAY® locks up?  Like any good storyteller, sometimes the PLAYAWAY® just needs a moment to catch its breath. First, turn it on and off. If that doesn't solve the problem, remove and reinsert the battery.