If you’re a frequent visitor of the Children’s Room, you might have noticed a few changes recently!
We’re excited to announce that we’re bringing back Launchpads! These are small, portable touchscreen tablets pre-loaded with early learning games similar to those on the AWE computer we had. With educational games and puzzles featuring everything from farm animals, dinosaurs, and the human body, to favorite characters from shows like Rescue Bots and My Little Pony, we recommend these devices for ages 3-7. These will be for in-library use only, and just like with laptops, we’ll need to scan your library card to lend these to you.
We’ve reduced our desktop computers to one. We’ve still got many laptops available for borrowing with your library card, and we’re encouraging anyone who wants to use our computers for an extended period of time to borrow a laptop. Access to printing, internet, and applications remain the same across desktop and laptop computers.
Our goal with these changes is to foster intentionality with screen time in the Children’s Room. With these new changes, families will be able to actively seek out screen time when the moment is right, rather than being “sucked in,” as is so easy to have happen. It’s important to be involved in your child’s screen time, especially when they’re young! We know that it’s especially important for kiddos under two years old to have extremely limited screen time. It is particularly difficult for toddlers to understand how what they’re seeing on screen relates to the real world. However, all young kiddos benefit from both limited screen time and actively exploring and engaging with their grownups as they delve into the digital world.
We encourage you to be mindful of the amount and quality of screen time your child is getting. Check out the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations for some handy tips and tricks on navigating screen time with your child!
– Kazia, WFPL Children’s Librarian