Rodman Public Library has two Advanced Workstations in Education, Inc. (AWE) Early Literacy Stations and desks for the Main Children's Department and one station available at the Branch. One bilingual Spanish computer is available at each the Main Library and the Branch.
These self-contained computers have a colorful child-sized keyboard and mouse and 19 inch flat-screen monitor. They are loaded with more than 60 educational software programs for children ages 2-8 spanning seven curricular areas including reading and phonics, music and art, math, science, social studies, and computer skills.
Some popular and well-known programs available include Getting Ready for Kindergarten, Jack and the Beanstalk (Speakaboos), Know Your World, and SpongeBob SquarePants Typing along with Reader Rabbit, JumpStart, Sesame Street, and Kid Pix. The Early Literacy Stations have imaginative interfaces that encourage exploration. Many of the software programs contain disguised learning activities that expand the child's experience through games and extension activities.
These new computers will help the library fulfill its mission by supporting early literacy and school readiness skills in a fun and meaningful way. Grownups are encouraged to play along with the children to enhance the learning experience. Stop in soon to try them out.
For more information, contact the Children's Department at 330-821-2665, ext. 223.