New free digital library for residents
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington Independent School District 518 Community Education has launched a digital library for residents. The Worthington myON library contains thousands of books generally for children from age 3 to eighth grade. Residents can...
WORTHINGTON - Worthington Independent School District 518 Community Education has launched a digital library for residents.
The Worthington myON library contains thousands of books generally for children from age 3 to eighth grade. Residents can access the library, which was started in March, on any digital device connected to the Internet, said Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Coordinator Tara Thompson.
“It’s a digital literacy option,” she said.
“They have several different genres that people can choose from and a large range of reading levels. If you are interested in mystery books, you can search out titles in that category.”
The library has books on a wide variety of topics - cooking, animals, Earth, plants and vehicles.
The program highlights and reads aloud each word with the user, and almost every page has pictures.
“We would like to see it increase reading in our community as a whole,” Thompson said, adding that community education teachers sometimes use the books to help adult students learn English.
Thompson knows several community education students who are using the library to increase their literacy skills.
ECFE teachers encourage parents to read to children younger than 2 years old on their lap with a physical book.
“We want them to feel the textures of (books) and be exposed to turning pages,” Thompson said.
Other library features include a highlighter, a drawing tool, on-screen sticky notes and a dictionary for children.
Users may download up to 20 books at one time and can use them when their device is not connected to the Internet. There are no return dates.
The library also has books in Spanish, and applications may be downloaded from the website for tablet and phone use.
For more information, contact Tara Thompson, 727-1207.
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