Literacy
Special grant brings exciting new kid’s books to Ida Rupp Library; Ohio Dept. of Education promotes, accelerates literacy at 32 libraries

Special grant brings exciting new kid’s books to Ida Rupp Library; Ohio Dept. of Education promotes, accelerates literacy at 32 libraries

Ida Rupp Library officials have announced a new book collection in its children’s department that was purchased with funding provided by the Libraries Accelerating Learning Grant through the Ohio Department of Education. Ida Rupp Library was one of 32 libraries chosen across Ohio to receive the grant, intended to provide services and materials to promote and accelerate literacy. Part of the...

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Navajo County libraries bring smarter ebooks to kids

Navajo County libraries bring smarter ebooks to kids

By Merri Taylor Special to the Independent By using technology, reading has become an interactive adventure for children. When an iVOX animated ebook title is opened, the characters come alive as computer-generated imagery along with a narrative and printed words children can see. According to the website libraryideas.com/ivox, “iVOX is a revolutionary take on read-alongs for children ages...

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Special grant brings exciting new kid’s books to Ida Rupp Library; Ohio Dept. of Education promotes, accelerates literacy at 32 libraries

What are VOX books?

Written By Meghan Narayan Alright, I know I’m pretty late, but how cool are VOX books? My toddler was so excited to bring this home and hear this special story being read aloud to us both. This really took me back to the Scholastic book fairs, when I would try to collect all the “books on CD.” While understanding the benefits, I am a bit resistant to technology in the early childhood years, so...

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Cutting-Edge Immersive Reality Books Now Available at Library

Cutting-Edge Immersive Reality Books Now Available at Library

Parents and other caregivers are always looking for ways to make learning fun and engaging for the children in their care. Thanks to these new books now available from the Brazoria County Library System, they won’t need to look far. Immersive Reality books combine cutting edge Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technology with traditional children’s books. The first of their kind, IR books...

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14 Best Free Music Apps for iPhone and iPad

14 Best Free Music Apps for iPhone and iPad

Music is the fuel for the soul, and we constantly relate to various musical genres based on our moods and circumstances.  A list of the best free music apps for iPhone was compiled to help you enjoy your music library, discover new artists, identify songs, and listen to streaming music.  One of the few things you would want to do on your iPhone if you had one is listen to...

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Publishers Step Up to Help Reluctant Readers

Publishers Step Up to Help Reluctant Readers

“The research is out. Kids are behind in reading acquisition,” says Sarah Hartley, educational sales manager at Orca Book Publishers. “I’ve been to numerous conferences—every teacher is telling me how behind their students are.” Supporting the anecdotal evidence, the results from the Nation’s Report Card (the NEAP 2022 Reading Assessments) revealed that only one-third of American fourth graders...

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Nampa students learn English and Spanish thanks to bilingual audiobooks

Nampa students learn English and Spanish thanks to bilingual audiobooks

English language specialist Suzan Racchetto-Madrigal received a CapED grant to buy the VOX bilingual books for New Horizons Dual Language Magnet Elementary School. Author: Shirah Matsuzawa Rainbow Weaver, My Shoes and I, and Book Fiesta—those are just some of the VOX bilingual books that can be found at New Horizons Dual Language Magnet Elementary School. Suzan Racchetto-Madrigal, the English...

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Cutting-edge Immersive Reality books captivate young students

Cutting-edge Immersive Reality books captivate young students

Parents and other caregivers are always looking for ways to make learning fun and engaging for the children in their care. Thanks to a new offering from Dover Public Library, they won't need to look far! Immersive Reality (IR) Books combine cutting edge Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technology with traditional children's books. The first of their kind, IR Books redefine the learning...

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Dearborn Public Library Offers Literacy Kits To Families, Students

Dearborn Public Library Offers Literacy Kits To Families, Students

The kits are for children in preschool through third grade, and help students and families practice a variety of skills. DEARBORN, MI — The Dearborn Public Library is offering literacy kits for families to use with children in preschool through third grade. The kits will help students and families practice skills, such as phonics, phonemic awareness, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. Each...

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iVOX is awarded Best Digital Tools award for teaching & Learning

iVOX is awarded Best Digital Tools award for teaching & Learning

American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning "iVOX is a storytelling app that not only gives young readers the immersive technology they have come to expect from hours of video gaming, but which has been proven to support literacy development. Students interact with the app, allowing them to view the story from many angles and in...

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