Tablets Available Through Grant

Blackwell Public Library announces the purchase of new tablets for use by customers through the Edge Technology Grant which awarded the library over $4500 for the new technology.  Financial assistance for the special project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.  The grant was made available to libraries wishing to fund technology equipment to improve public access of technology services.

All of the new tablets will be available for use in the library only.  We are excited to see what our customers think!

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

The library has two Samsung Galaxy Tablets for customer use in the library.  These can be used to check email or Facebook but there are several apps already loaded on to the tablets.  Khan Academy has lots of great online courses that you can complete.  There is a Khan Academy for kids, too, which can supplement their schoolwork.  Duolingo lets you learn a language online.  ABC Mouse is available for children and parents to use through the library’s website.  Listen to a story read by a celebrity online through the Storyline Online app.  New apps will be added.

AWE Early Literacy Station Tablet ™

The Early Learning Station (ELS) is an engaging, educational resources loaded with more than 70 award-winning software titles, and more than 4,000 learning activities for kids ages 2-8.  The ELS offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is age appropriate, interactive, and academically relevant for early literacy skills.  It is designed to support school readiness and early education while making learning exciting and fun!

Interactive Storybooks include classic story titles.  Story text is highlighted, words are pronounced, and content is enhanced with fun hidden features.  Some of the titles include:

  • Arthur’s Birthday
  • Billy Goats Gruff
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf
  • The Three Little Pigs

Featured apps on the  ELS include JumpStart Advanced Kindergarten, La Casa de Dora, Millie’s Math House, Bailey’s Book House, Reader Rabbit, Help Me 2 Learn and more!

Playaway Launchpads

Playaway Launchpad is a learning tablet that kids and adults will love.  Every Playaway Launchpad is pre-loaded with high quality, ad free learning apps and games, providing hours of interactive learning and play.  Apps are grouped onto Launchpads by subject area, theme, grade level, and age.  Kids will love the Launchpad experience, which lets them design a personal avatar before game play and choose an app adventure they’re most interested in.  Adults will love that Launchpads are 100% secure, ensuring that kids will not be exposed to unintended content, and that the information console will let them monitor how time is spent on the tablet.

Launchpads available at Blackwell Public Library are:

  • Letters, Letters, Everywhere (PreK-K)
  • Letter POP! (PreK-K)
  • That’s a Great Story (PreK-K)
  • Monster Word Mash (K-2)
  • Book Buddies (K-2)
  • A Secret Language (K-2)