Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Brand New Early Literacy Station Now Available

We are excited about our new Early Literacy Stations (ELS). ELS is a computer workstation loaded with more than 45 educational software titles for kids ages 2 - 10. ELS offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the internet that is age appropriate, engaging, and academically relevant for children. We have two stations in the Children's Department of the Armstrong Library, and one each in the Centreville and Woodville libraries. There is an imaginative interface that encourages exploration. The stations have a colorful keyboard, a tiny mouse, and a touch screen to promote easy learning and discovery.  We especially like the keyboard, where consonants are green, vowels are purple, numbers are red, punctuation is yellow, and functions are blue.

Many of the programs contain disguised learning activities that expand the child's experience through games and extension activities.The programs help develop skills in mathematics & problem solving, science & nature, social studies & geography, writing computer skills, reading, word recognition, & phonics, reference, and music & art. Your child will enjoy playing educational games with characters from Sesame Street, Between the Lions, Dora, Millie, Reader Rabbit and many more.

Did we mention that the ELS is fun? Children just love it!

We still have our children's computers that connect to the internet but can only access specific websites, listed on our website.

Bring your child to the Library and use all the resources we have available. This would be a good opportunity to spend quality time reading, selecting books, and playing educational games. Find out what your child is interested in and select books in those areas. We have a large selection of new books in for the children.

You may use our new card catalog and select board books, picture books, beginner readers, fiction or nonfiction books, accelerated readers, biographies and much more. The Children’s Librarian will be happy to assist you with any of your needs. We want to help your child become a reader and a life long library user.

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