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A Learning Experience: Library computers help young children learn

Friday, February 13, 2009

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The Linton Public Library has received three new early literacy computers which are designed with children in mind.

The computers are pre-loaded with more than 37 top-rated educational games and are designed with color-coded keys, engaging graphics and a child-size mouse which make learning fun, explained Phyllis Franklin who serves as the children's librarian.

"They're aimed at pre-school children but the truth of the matter is that children between the ages of 2 and 10 will enjoy them. We encourage them to get on," Franklin said.

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By Timberly Ferree LEARNING AT THE LIBRARY: Savannah Hudson (above and below) and her mom, Lynn Hudson, enjoy the Linton Public Library on Friday morning. Savannah, 3, is using one of the new early literacy computers that are pre-loaded with more than 37 top-rated educational games. The computers are open to all children in the county. [Order this photo]
The software includes a variety of subjects from art and music to reading, science, social studies, and math.

All programs are in English and Spanish and a few are even in French and German.

"They're perfect if you're interested in your child speaking more than one language," Franklin added.

Besides being kid-friendly, the computers do not have Internet access which makes a worry-free experience for parents.

Most importantly the children learn while having fun, Franklin said.

In order to use the system, parents need to fill out a survey.

"We do ask parents to fill out a survey just to give us an idea of how old the child is and their learning level," Franklin said.

The computers, which were installed in January, have already received high ratings from parents and children alike.

Lynn Hudson, of Linton, explained that her 3-year-old daughter, Savannah, really enjoys the new computers.

"She loves coming here. I have to give her a time limit or she'd stay on all day," Lynn said.

But parents should also appreciate the computers, she noted.

"I like it because she gets on it by herself," she explained.

Before, Lynn had to log on to a computer for her daughter.

The computers were funded through grants made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Indiana State Library.

Each computer system cost $2,372 -- which included a discount, Franklin noted.

The computer systems will be checked periodically for statistics on which programs were the most used among others things.

"The purpose is to help a pre-schooler be prepared for school. The feedback will be used to make sure that this actually works," she noted.

Any child in the county can use the computers.



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