Little eLit about children's apps and what our role as librarians is in regards to apps. I've come to the conclusion that apps are a resource (just like books and music and everything else we have at libraries) and that there is a vast ocean of (mostly mediocre to downright awful) apps designed for kids in today's market and that we, as librarians, are in a prime position to help parents navigate those deep waters in search of the very best apps to offer our children.
I've shared before about using apps in WonderWorks, but I've also used apps in my storytimes (e-books are essentially just REALLY BIG "Big Books" with occasional moving parts, after all). After getting questions from several parents (and other staff members) about what apps I recommend, I started a list which is now posted on my library's website. I will continue to update this list as new apps are developed and/or discovered. If you have recommendations of great apps for kids (especially for the Android market!), I'd love to hear from you in the comment section below. Also, would you appreciate longer app reviews on this blog when I discover new ones that are rave-worthy? Chime in and let me know!
Nov 21, 2013
This Saturday is the special 50th anniversary episode of Dr. Who and I have some pretty serious teen fans of Dr. Who in my neighborhood, so we gathered together for some Whovian crafts. Here's what we made:
Nov 20, 2013
"I took our circa 1986 library benches, put tables on top of them with the legs folded up, and duct taped the two together. Wrapping the tape around two or three times is enough to hold it in place, and they come in at about 16 inches tall.
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