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New Literacy Stations at Memphis Libraries Offer Educational Fun
By: Marcey Evans
Regardless of which side of town one lives, Memphis Public Library locations offer customers a wealth of knowledge for the young and the young at heart. The newest additions to some Memphis libraries are early literacy stations designed for children ages 2 – 8.
“It looks like a game, but they are really learning,” said Michelle Allen, senior youth services librarian at Poplar – White Station Branch Library. “The literacy station is colorful and inviting and, when kids’ curiosities get the best of them, they come to check it out.”
When they do, children have access to 50 educational, bilingual, and easy-to-use software programs that enhance school readiness and make learning fun. Covering a range of subjects from reading and spelling to social studies and mathematics, this touch-screen technology helps to strengthen skills learned in the classroom.
“We have lots of schools in our area, plus a lot of parochial schools and a large home school population,” Allen noted. “Reading library books helps to reinforce what schools are doing, and using technology (literacy stations) teaches kids a technological way to learn also.”
Across town from the Poplar – White Station Library, children at the Frayser Branch Library are using the digital learning tool also. Lanny Ross, assistant customer and youth services librarian at Frayser, said literacy stations are excellent for helping kids to read. “It is vital to get them acclimated to technology at a young age,” Ross said. “When kids get older, they will have a better understanding of how to use technology, like iPads, tablets, and computers.”
Literacy stations are available at the following library branches: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Cherokee, Cornelia Crenshaw, East Shelby, Frayser, Gaston Park, Hollywood, North, Parkway Village, Poplar – White Station, Randolph, Raleigh, South, and Whitehaven. Each literacy station was funded by individuals who support the Library.
“If Memphis wants to become a global city of the future, investing in things like early literacy stations and other advanced technologies for youth is important,” Ross concluded.
For more information on early literacy stations or how to make a donation, visit www.memphislibraryfoundation.org.
Bring your gently used books to the nearest Memphis Public Library & Information Center location. Proceeds from Friends of the Library book sales benefit the Memphis Public Library & Information Center.