The Kids' Tech Solution: Creating a Tech-Friendly, Kid-Friendly Library

Paperback
A library can and should provide free public access to technology-for all ages. The Kids' Tech Solution: Creating a Tech-Friendly, Kid-Friendly Library will guide librarians in making that happen by integrating new media into the library and its programs. Now, even the technologically challenged can create community learning centers that speak to the interests, curiosities, and needs of today's kids-without turning traditional library structures inside out. Chapters in this comprehensive book cover game consoles, handheld devices, ebooks and readers, iPads, and electronic toys. The book also looks at circulating video games (which can become one of the most popular categories in the library), mobile technology, Wi-Fi-enabled devices, podcasts and audio books, digital cameras, and computer/browser-based experiences. There are solutions to potential problems, including germs, noise, filtering, and theft, and there is discussion of ways in which technology can be used to bring the community together, through activities such as game nights, Skype-based storytelling, and group simulations.