New children's touchscreen computers a hit at Stillwater Public Library

ammons(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Nov. 25, 2013) –– At a small table in the middle of the Stillwater Public Library, tiny feet dangle from chairs that are already nearly to the ground, while little fingers tap out answers on screens bigger than the bodies in front of them.  Accidental shouts of exuberance periodically ring out from the tots who are excitedly experimenting with the library’s newest acquisitions, two state of the art touch screen computers.  Thanks to the Stillwater Public Library Trust, the library was able to replace its out of date desktop models with ones that are officially a hit with its toddler and elementary-age clientele.

(Photo: Susan Ammons (back) watches as her daughter Addison works on the Stillwater Public Library’s new touchscreen computers provided by the library’s Trust.)

“It is remarkable that they have such a high level of understanding about technology at such a young age,” said Lynda Reynolds, library director. “I love to see seniors who walk up and are amazed to see how easy computing is for these kids.  Seeing this has actually been a very good way for us to get seniors into our beginning computer classes.”

The new computers feature touchscreen monitors, color-based mnemonic system keyboards to help children identify where letters are on the keyboard, and 80 new fun and educational games for children of all ages. 

“Because of the touch screens, even older babies can use the equipment,” said Reynolds.  “But there’s such a wide variety of software that the computers are just as mesmerizing for elementary aged kids.”

The software includes an early learning suite, for ages one to five, with over forty games featuring recognizable figures like the Muppet Babies, Little Bear, Arthur and Caillou.  The modules teach everything from reading and math to vocabulary and nursery rhyme sing-alongs. 

A similar package for elementary students features puzzles, mysteries and stories to help children learn math, science, reading and even keyboarding.

“Libraries are about information in all of the many formats in which it comes,” said Reynolds.  “Sometimes that information comes from a book, sometimes through a movie, and more and more often it comes on a computer.  By having these new tools, we can bring some of the most modern information technology to all children, regardless of their income.”

The computers are not connected to the Internet or to a printer and do not require a library card to access. 

For more information, visit the library's website at library.stillwater.org, contact the library Help Desk at (405) 372-3633 or email askalibrarian@stillwater.org

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.