WEEK We are celebrating National Library Week all this week through Saturday and want all of our patrons to take part.
Come in to the Circulation Desk and pick up a scratchoff tag. You use it to win money off of your library fine or you may select a library prize from the basket.
••• IPADS FOR CHILDREN All of our patrons may now take home a pre-literacy iPad designed for children ages 2 and over to use with an adult.
The pre-literacy iPads are intended for parents to use with preschoolers who are not yet reading as well as with early elementary students who wish to improve their reading skills. The iPad includes over 30 apps, many of which were selected through the Little eLit Think Tank and with recommendations from Children’s Technology Review.
The apps extend the early literacy skills promoted in library story times: reading, singing, playing, writing and talking, the five best practices of the national early learning initiative Every Child Ready to Read.
Librarians around the county are adopting the role of media mentors, helping community members to sift through the abundance of available apps to recommend some with interactive features that promote early learning.
“Some families tell us they visit the library to get away from screens,” said youth services coordinator Julie Ranelli. “Others look to us for digital media recommendations in the same way they have trusted us to select books for the library.”
In addition to curating apps on the new lending iPads, the library also offers children’s app suggestions through Beanstack, available at qaclibrary.beanstack. org.
The library staff would be happy to help with basic questions about the iPads. For a more in-depth session, sign up for a one-on-one by contacting the Emerging Technologies Librarian, Erin Neusbaum at Centreville, 410-758-0980 or emailing email@example.com.
iPads are available to adult and young adult card holders in good standing. They can be checked out for two weeks at a time with on renewal. The pre-literacy device does not have access to the Internet or allow use of the camera. A complete list of apps can be found on the library’s website and catalog.
Questions may be phoned in Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Call 410745-0980 or 410-643-8161.