Colusa Library Receives Early Literacy Stations

Stacy and Supervisor Mark Marshall

The Colusa County Free Library recently accepted the donation of two Advanced Workstations in Education (AWE) Early Literacy Stations for its youngest patrons, ages 2–8!

“The Early Literacy Stations were purchased for the library by Supervisor Mark Marshall and his wife, Nancy, to support the library’s long term strategic plan to promote literacy in our youngest patrons,” said Colusa County Librarian, Stacey Costello.

AWE’s Early Literacy Stations are used in over 47% of the public libraries across the United States and offer children a safe, age-appropriate, engaging, and academically relevant opportunity to improve their literacy and school readiness skills. The educational software covers seven curricular areas aligned with STEM/STREAM, including: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts and music.

The Early Literacy Station™ has an imaginative interface that encourages exploration. Many of the software programs contain disguised learning activities that expand the child’s experience through games.  The more than 4,000 award winning multi-curricular activities are engaging, fun, and are perfect for collaborative, explorative, and independent learning.

“The Early Literacy Stations introduces kids to computers and helps to develop Digital Literacy skills without an Internet connection, making them a safe and secure learning environment,” said Costello.

Supervisor Marshall expressed his sincere hope that parents would utilize this wonderful opportunity to promote and encourage their children’s education and increase their familiarity with all of the resources the library system has to offer.

“Noting the disparity in access to technology in rural areas,” said Costello, “the AWE stations complement an existing diverse learning environment at the library and will help build a stronger library experience for our youth.  Using the AWE workstation will help connect children with technology safely, while also building up their school readiness skills and general knowledge.”

The two workstations, one English and one Spanish/English, are ready for use at the main branch in Colusa. For more information, call the library at 458-7671.

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