The 3rd Annual Newberry Unity Day
Produced by the Newberry Main Street Organization With Sponsorship in part by The Newberry Jonesville Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Newberry.
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Newberry Library Receives Grant for Laptops Exclusively for Kids
NEWBERRY, FL- The Newberry Branch Library of the Alachua County Library District (ACLD) received a $4000.00 Community Libraries in Caring Grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services.
Discussions within the Newberry community revealed children in elementary & middle school did not have adequate availability of computers after school. While, students were encouraged to use computers, the majority of students living in homes without the resources to purchase personal computers often fell behind, due to a lack of hands on experience.
With approximately 25% of registered library card holders age 17 and under, the Newberry Branch Library sought ways to offer students greater access to computers. In addition, the library wanted to ensure the computers were safe, provided educational opportunities, and encouraged a simple but interesting way to learn basic computer skills.
The Newberry Branch Library found a solution when they received the Community Libraries in Caring Grant, and created the “Kids Laptop Connection”.
The Kids Laptop Connection consists of six Classmate PC’s, educational software, and accessories. Classmate PCs are specifically designed to be used by children for educational purposes, are rugged in design, and have keys sized for small hands.
Software applications purchased with the computers focus heavily on stimulating children’s minds, encouraging creativity, and developing self-confidence. A total of 14 software applications are available in the Kids Laptop Connection, providing a wide range of opportunities for children of every skill level from pre-K to middle school.
For example, the magic of “I SPY: School Days” provides powerful multimedia games to create exciting challenges. In each cleverly crafted world, kids search for hidden objects, solve riddles, and exercise their creativity. Hundreds of vibrant pictures, clever riddles, and activities develop reasoning, visual discrimination, and reading skills. Unraveling riddles in each scene leads to a surprise! While Kid Pix software is the ultimate digital playground, allowing kids to create dynamic works of art using a variety of virtual media — from oil paints and collage to rainbows, trees and more.
In order to participate in the Laptop Connection program participants must be age 15 or younger. Participants complete an Internet Safety Quiz prior to getting started, to increase their awareness of possible dangers on the internet - such as not providing personal information, to tell an adult if something on the computer makes them uncomfortable, and an overview on how to communicate respectfully using a computer. Upon completion of the quiz staff members educate the child about internet safety based on their quiz results.
Overall, the goal of the program is to provide computer access to children in the community who may not have exposure at home, improve proficiency in computer skills, and increase awareness about internet safety.
City of Newberry - http://www.ci.newberry.fl.us/
Newberry Main Street - http://newberrymainsteet.org