Youngsters now have new options for reading with the recent launch of an e-reader lending programme at Collingwood Public Library.
The aim of the initiative is twofold: to encourage more kids to read and to provide an opportunity for young people to use the latest technology.
"As a public library we aim to enrich the lives of our patrons by providing them with the best services and experiences. We hope to accomplish these goals by providing access to new technology for all children and teens regardless of socioeconomic status. We believe this new service will provide our young readers with a unique reading and learning experience," says Ashley Kulchycki, supervisor of children and teen services.
Many libraries are implementing e-reader lending programmes because tablets and e-readers are excellent tools for learning.
Children interact and learn from books in different ways. Digital books provide a new format that makes reading easier for some children. The interactive features of e-books, such as built-in dictionaries, note taking capabilities and adjustments for persons with vision disabilities often encourage new or reluctant readers to give reading a try.
"As well, the opportunity to interact with the latest technology helps young people develop key technical expertise. The Library is demonstrating one of the many ways e-readers and tablets can be utilized to develop both traditional and digital literacy skills," says Kulchycki.
Each tablet and e-reader is prepared for a specific age group either junior (ages 3 to 12) or young adult (ages 13 to 18). Devices are loaded with preselected books and magazines specially selected based on popularity and suitability for the intended readers.
To check out a device a patron must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid Collingwood Public Library account in good standing. As with paper books, parents or guardians are responsible for the material that their children borrow from the Library. An agreement must be signed to borrow the device for three weeks, plus one in-person renewal if desired. Each device comes in a kit with a plug-in charger, book list and "how to" manual.
The Collingwood Public Library is committed to guiding our community in the pursuit of information, the wonder of lifelong learning, and the enrichment of social and cultural experiences. At the heart of the community, the Collingwood Public Library is an inclusive environment seeking universal accessibility.
For more information, please contact:
Coordinator, Public Relations
Collingwood Public Library
705-445-1571 ext. 6241