We use our Yoto player daily and are always looking for new audio sources as our kids grow.
One of the best free audio sources is your local library. It’s the perfect way to access a large range of audiobooks to play on your Yoto player.
We created a make-your-own Yoto library card for the kids to use when we borrow audio files from the library. Our kids love it being able to select their choice of audiobooks for the week and creating a Yoto library system makes it easy for us to switch around the content without creating a new card every time.
You can also use this library system with your own home catalog by having your children select which audio file they would like to hear and then linking it to the make your own Yoto library card. This saves tons of money in purchasing the physical cards themselves!
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How to Make Your Own Yoto Library Card
In our home, we use one library card for each child.
You can customize this free template I made in Canva with your child’s photo, and name, and adjust the colours.
Our kids love seeing their names and feel extra special having a personalized card.
Save a copy and edit the template to your liking.
If you have a Cricut, you can then follow these steps to create your Yoto card sticker cover. If you don’t, there are also instructions in the link above on how you can do it without a Cricut.
Then link the playlist you’d like to use to the card. You can find more detailed instructions here if you need more help.
How to create a personal Yoto Card Library
I’ve seen two brilliant ways you can create a Yoto card library from your personal collection. The first is to borrow audiobooks from your library. The other way is to create a Yoto library using the cards and make your own audio files you already own.
Borrow Audiobooks from the Library
Head over to your local library’s website and borrow audiobooks that you want to add to your make-your-own card.
Some libraries are a bit tricky these days and don’t allow you to download an mp3 file. If this is the case, unfortunately, you won’t be able to use these types of audiobooks.
Check out this list of free audio sources for Yoto that you can use instead.
Once you have downloaded your mp3 files, you can add them to your library playlist (and remove/edit the old list).
Don’t forget to add icons. We love searching Yoto icons to find our icons.
When your library load period expires, simply delete the file and add the next one you’re borrowing.
Using Existing Yoto Content
The other type of Yoto library you can create at home is by using existing Yoto content you already own.
This is a great way to rotate cards or to limit how many cards the kids have access to at once.
First, we created a library catalog with the cards and audiobooks that we have at home.
You can create your own by using the template below and dragging all of the card images into the boxes. Don’t forget to add your Make Your Own collection as well!
You can then add it to a binder with all the cards from your collection to make it easy for your child to select which cards they want to borrow. You could also pin these to the wall in your designated Yoto nook so it’s easy for younger kids to pick what they would like to borrow.
To add your audio cards to your library card, open up your Yoto app on your phone.
Select the card your child has chosen to “borrow” and click on the three dots in the top right corner.
Place your library card in your Yoto and select “link to card” on the Yoto app.
Our kids love using our Yoto library system at home. It saves us from having to hunt down all the cards we own and having lost cards.
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