Placing these AWE stations in public libraries will help young readers learn and practice the skills they need to be ready for school - Jo Budler, State Librarian of Kansas
Topeka, KS (PRWEB) November 12, 2013
The State Library of Kansas (SLK) has awarded grants to 124 Kansas public libraries to help fund the purchase of one AWE Early Literacy Station (an all-in-one digital learning solution for children ages 2-8) in each recipient’s library.
In September of 2013, SLK made available a non-competitive grant for Kansas public libraries interested in AWE's Early Literacy Stations. Libraries serving a population less than 10,000 paid $500 towards one of the computers and libraries serving a population over 10,000 paid $1,000. In total, SLK helped purchase 124 of AWE's Early Literacy Stations throughout Kansas.
The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer with 60 pre-loaded educational software programs. It does not require an Internet connection to operate. The material spans all curriculum areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, art, and music.
“Ensuring reading readiness and on-grade achievement for Kansas’ youngest residents is one of the State Library’s top priorities,” said State Librarian Jo Budler. “Placing these stations in public libraries will help young readers learn and practice the skills they need to be ready for school—and they’re having fun!”
Part of the SLK’s mission is to promote and support early childhood literacy programs and practices in libraries across the state. Early childhood literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read or write. SLK supports these efforts through statewide programing, supplemental funding, grants, training sessions, online resources, and circulation of materials.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The IMLS mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. The IMLS grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit http://www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.
About the State Library of Kansas (http://www.kslib.info/)
The State Library of Kansas seeks to improve the lives of Kansas residents by providing resources that: increase reading readiness and on-grade reading acuity; improve chances for academic success; help start and grow businesses; assist individuals with employment opportunities; and provide lifelong educational opportunities.
About AWE, Inc. (http://www.awelearning.com)
AWE's mission is to inspire children to become lifelong learners. Our engaging digital learning solutions provide self-directed, intuitive learning environments that are easy to use and can be personalized for every child.