literacy

Better Readers, BetterWorld: How a Wireless Company Supports Literacy

As library-centric folks, it's pretty much a given that we care about literacy. We know its impact: how it increases earning potential, decreases inequality, and breaks the cycle of poverty.

We also know the sobering statistics around illiteracy. According to UNESCO, there are 740 million illiterate people worldwide. Librarians strive to decrease this number every day though literacy programs for both adults and children.

Reading and Story Time Apps for Your Library

A pig playing an iPad piano was the last thing I expected to see at the Association of Small and Rural Libraries (ASRL) annual conference in Tacoma, Washington. Okay, it was just a pig puppet named Bacon, but still! Jeffrey Stoffer, library assistant at the Ak-Chin Indian Community Library in Maricopa, Arizona, showed just how creative one can get in the library with a tablet full o' apps. Luckily for us, Jeffrey shared his entire ARSL presentation (warning: large PDF file). This blog post just covers the reading and story time apps, but Jeffrey also talked about social media, writing, creativity, gaming, and problem solving apps for kids. 

Kid reading on iPad

One thing to note is that Jeffrey's presentation focused on iOS apps. Some of these apps might be available on Android and Windows platforms, or there might be similar types of apps on other platforms.

Can the Reading Rainbow Digital Revamp Boost Literacy?

This week, my Facebook feed was filled with photos of LeVar Burton. The actor is as famous for helping engage early readers as he is for portraying Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Kunta Kinte in ROOTS.

The Literacy Bell in Pulaski County

Even though my professional librarian life has focused on technology, I really am first and foremost a lover of books. And even though my professional librarian life has focused on adults (beyond the few nerve-wracking times I filled in at storytime), I am most passionate about the importance of library services for children. Summer Reading Programs, Storytimes, early literacy enhancers of all kinds… I am moved by hearing about them like I am by nothing else.