Two new computers, complete with colorful keyboards, have been installed at Ericson Public Library in Boone, ready for eager, young learners.
From AWE Digital Learning Solutions, one of the computers is geared toward children ages 2-8, while the other is for children ages 6-12.
The Early Literacy Station for the younger children allows them to play games and read interactive e-books that help them learn early literacy skills and prepare them for school. The AfterSchool Edge computer engages children in enrichment, intervention, homework help and skill enforcement, as well as supports differentiated learning and tracks their usage and progress, according to the AWE Learning website.
Since the computers were installed last week in the Children’s Department, library staff have already seen a number of children and families using them.
“It’s been neat to watch siblings work together and adults work with their children,” said Children’s Librarian Zach Stier.
With more than 4,000 multi-curricular activities on each of the computers, children have a variety options to choose from that are both engaging and fun. The programs also follow the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education program.
The purchase of the two computers was made possible by a grant the library received from the Boone County Community Endowment Fund.
“The library is very fortunate the Boone County Community Endowment Fund has supported this project as the computers offer award winning, age appropriate multi-curricular activities that are engaging and fun,” said Director Jamie Williams.