January 14, 2016
In addition to iPads for use in the Children’s Room, the Nashua Public Library now offers tablets loaded with fun, educational apps that adults can check out for their children.
One of the tablets is a Nabi Jr. It comes with Wings First Steps Plus, which teaches letters, numbers, and tracing for children in preschool and kindergarten. The Nabi is a secure environment giving access to parent-approved apps, games, movies, and TV shows.
The other is a Launchpad loaded with Let’s Explore With Animals. These games let children learn about languages, letters, numbers, colors, and shapes and improve their reading, language, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Funds donated by DCU
The tablets were purchased with funds donated to the library by Digital Federal Credit Union for early literacy. “They’re designed with the 3- to 6-year-old in mind,” said Kathy Bolton, Supervisor of Children’s Services. “We hope that those who don’t own a tablet will check them out often and use them together with their young children.” And she added, “While tablets are in no way meant to replace books, they do provide an educational platform that children will be using more and more as they advance through their educational years.”
The tablets are shelved in the Children’s Room, near the coat rack. To borrow them, you must be 18 or older. You can keep them for three weeks; no holds or renewals are allowed. Late fees are 60 cents per day. Call the Children’s Room at (603) 589-4631 for more information.