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May 6, 2014 > Library launches Tots Touch!

Library launches Tots Touch!

Submitted By Desiree Sellati

Thanks to tablet technology, toddlers at the Fremont Main and Newark Libraries are tapping, touching and swiping as part of Alameda County LibraryÕs new early literacy pilot project. There among the picture books, parents and children now have one more option Ð pre-loaded iPads with educational apps for the very young Ð to interact and build pre-reading skills at their local library.

Research shows that children need positive ways to engage with parents and caregivers Ð by reading, talking and playing Ð to learn about their environment. For babies and toddlers, Alameda County LibraryÕs Tots Touch! Project extends the learning experience with enhanced (animated and narrated) picture books and educational games recommended by the American Library Association, Common Sense Media and youth services librarians.

Over the next six months, the Tots Touch! Tablets will be available for families to use in the Library. After the trial period, Library administrators will assess the project and evaluate whether to use it as a model in other Alameda County libraries. For more information, call (510) 745-1504.

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