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Floyd County

January 22, 2009

New computers give Floyd County children a head start

Steve Day said the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library now has the tools it needs to enhance reading skills among small children.

The library recently purchased three Early Literacy Station computers for its Children’s Department aimed at children ages 4 to 8.

The computers have age-appropriate games which are all geared toward the same goal — to get kids reading and reasoning at an early age.

“Kids can have fun and learn at the same time. It’s perfect,” said Day, the library’s director. “We are really lucky to get something like this. It’s a huge plus for us.”

The computers cost around $2,500 each. Two were paid for through a grant from the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. The library paid for the third computer.

Children in the appropriate age group are only allowed on the learning stations. There are still other computers in the department for older children.

“One of my commitments to the community is to help with children’s literacy,” Day said. “We think it’s important to do this — we need to have this ability. We want parents to come in and work with their kids on the computers.”

Amanda Harris, who works in the Children’s Department, said the new learning centers have been a hit with the kids.

“I think it has improved our department,” she said. “Every day we have kids on those computers and I have seen some new patrons come in to the library.”

The learning stations have 38 games which are not only attractive to the eye, but fun and engage the child at the same time. There also is a Spanish version that is available.

“These computers have twice as many games,” Harris said. “They are also low maintenance. You turn them on and they are ready to go.”

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