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Children’s little tikes computer

May 26, 2011

Children’s Division does about 35% of total library circulation yearly, in 2010 we had 15,645 children and parents attend various programs.  Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school.  The library provides parents and care givers with programs and materials to help young children learn important pre-literacy skills so they become good readers and succeed in school.

We currently have 3 Little Tikes computers in the Children’s area of the library.  They are well-loved; our two oldest computers had worn out from constant use and were replaced by generous donations.  We currently have a 3rd unit that we would love to update.  They are in use anytime there are children in the library.  Oftentimes, children or siblings are vying for position on these computers.  They have only learning games on them with appealing characters and bright colors–game titles include:  Millie’s Math House, Trudy’s Time and Place House, and Sammy’s Science House, among others.  The computer system itself is attractive, with brightly colored child-sized components including:  small mouse, lightweight child bench, and a flat child-friendly keyboard.  The “house” for the computer system is made of a tough, durable plastic that can stand up to long-term use.  We had our older units for around 7 (?) years.  The attached picture will show you the appealing unit that draws children into the Children’s area of the library.

We’re having an ice cream social at the Plummer House on Tuesday, August 9, to raise funds for a new little tikes computer. Join us!

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