Earlier this year, the library began checking out computer tablets loaded with children’s educational games. Families could use them at home, on car trips or while waiting at the doctor’s office.
Based on the popularity of those LiteracyGo tablets, the library has added 15 new tablets and plans to add 12 more on a quarterly basis. But these tablets aren’t just for kids.
The new Playaway Launchpads are 7-inch tablets that contain educational games, puzzles and activities for youths and teens and brain games for adults. They cover math, geography, spelling and language skills while also helping stimulate memory and creativity.
The tablets come with a charger and cable and have a rubber wrapping that is soft to hold and protects the tablets if dropped. Each one has a different theme and is geared for a certain age group.
A list of the Launchpads can be found in the library’s online catalog at rhcl.org by selecting the Booklists tab under the What’s Hot heading. Families can have two Launchpads checked out at a time and should ask for them at the Service Desks. The tablets check out for three weeks and are available at the Belt Branch, Savannah Branch and Bookmobile.
Library Director Michelle Mears said the library purchased the Launchpads because they come in a variety of age ranges, have a wider variety of activities and include popular children’s characters, including My Little Pony, Transformers, Littlest Pet Shop, Berenstain Bears, Caillou, Peanuts and the Smurfs.
The library’s first LiteracyGo tablets are still available to be checked out.