Grant provides funds to enhance children’s reading experience with technology
PHOENIX – On Monday, October 5, Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan will present Mohave County Library District officials a grant for $5,960 to be used to encourage early digital literacy by incorporating computer tablets into story times. The grant money was made possible through the Arizona State Library with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The presentation is 3 p.m. at the Lake Havasu City Library.
“Libraries all over the state continue to be knowledge centers in the community by expanding their services to include new technology,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan, whose office oversees the Arizona State Library. “I am excited to see our rural counties able to purchase technology to encourage learning on digital devices, such as tablets.”
The program, “Early Digital Literacy” will provide iPads and Android devices so children ages 3 through 8 have the opportunity to learn digitally through applications focused on reading, writing and singing. The new digital tools and specific literacy programs will go on the road to the elementary school as well. In addition to the tablet devices, funds will purchase supplies such as a high definition television, Apple TV and Google Chromecast. The library also plans to partner with community groups such as Parents as Teachers and the InterAgency Council of Lake Havasu.
For more information on the new programming coming to the Lake Havasu City Library, and more, call 928-453-0718.