An exciting new way to develop early literacy skills with our youngest library users has cropped up at the Lincolnwood Library! iPads loaded with early literacy games are now docked in the picture book section just waiting to be played with.
Our librarians have loaded the new iPads with games that fit one of the five early literacy practices: playing, singing, talking, reading, and writing. Each app focuses on one or more of these skills and helps little library users develop the tools they will need to grow into avid readers.
Early literacy is the concept of building skills through practices listed above. The skills developed include print awareness and motivation, narrative skills, vocabulary, and more. Having a strong knowledge of these skills at a young age sets children up for academic and personal success. By having these iPads loaded with apps to focus on these skills and practices, the Lincolnwood Library is helping grow readers through technology.
What about the computers we already have? The desktop Early Literacy Stations, which are also loaded with early literacy games, will be eventually phased out as part of our renovation. Similar to those computers, the iPads do not require a library card to use and are available for play as long as the library is open. So far, they have been a huge success!
In addition to just being a great time for our children, these iPads tie back to our strategic plan. One of our initiatives, Computers and Technology, was designed to connect us to the digital world. Our early literacy iPads extend that connection to the community’s youngest members, while enabling staff to continuously update the selection of apps to with the latest research-based, kid-approved games.
Interested in checking out our early literacy iPads? Head on over to the library, where a Youth Services librarian will be happy to show them off.