Thanks to a grant from the Indiana State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Putnam County Public Library has received two Advanced Workstations in Education computer systems.
Each computer includes a flat screen monitor, colorful keyboard, child-sized mouse and an ink jet printer. The software package, which offers 35 different games and programs in both English and Spanish, help give children a headstart in reading, writing, math, science and geography.
The programs are designed for young children from toddler through second grade and provide an opportunity for children and their parents work together. Since it's desinged with kids in mind, there is also an opportunity for kids to work independently.
"It's a really nice compliment to our other early literacy programs and resources that we offer. The kids can sit down with parents to practice phonics, practice rhymes, listen to stories, have fun with math and explore science, history and geography," said children's librarian Cortina Ison.
With color-coded keys, engaging graphics and a variety of interactive tools, the Early Literacy Station really does make learning fun. Simply by moving the mouse cursor over an icon, children can see and hear what programs are available.
Some programs included on the new computers are "Green Eggs and Ham," "Reader Rabbit Learns to Read," "Reader Rabbit Toddler" and "Sesame Street Let's Make a Word."
The Putnam County Public Library offers a way that kids can sharpen their thinking skills while still having a good time.