LI­BRARY COL­UMN

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NA­TIONAL LI­BRARY

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 erin@qa­cli­brary.org.

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.

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