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June 2, 2014

Digital learning tool added to library

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Mary Vinson Memorial Library has new educational equipment, specifically designed to aid in the educational developmental of young minds.

The AWE Early Literacy Station (ELS) is quickly making its way into libraries across the state of Georgia.

This electronic learning tool was made possible by the MRR (Major Repair & Renovation) Grant for computer replacement. Approximately $2 million have been distributed throughout the state, benefiting over 60 library systems.

Mary Vinson Memorial Library acquired three Early Literacy Stations for their Children's Department. They were installed May 23 with help from Need-a-Nerd.  

The ELS is an all-in-one digital learning tool that was created for children ages 2 through 8. It requires no Internet connection and is loaded with educational software for children to utilize.

"Some children don't have access to computers in their homes. This is a way for them to not only have the opportunity to use one, but to use one safely without the security dangers that come with using the internet," said Sarah Hamil, outreach coordinator.

Kids love them and parents can relax and feel safe knowing that there is no connection to the internet and no way that their children will be exposed to anything unsavory, she added.

For extra security, the ELS also offers optional content controls and administrative features that make it easy to customize features such as timed sessions and content programming.

"The programs are simple to understand and kids can pick up on how to use it very quickly," Hamil said.

The latest version of ELS features more than 60 educational software titles spanning seven curricular areas of education.

The educational titles are pre-loaded on the computer and displayed using engaging graphics and intuitive menus. They contain a fun mixture of games and education for different levels of learning and development.

It is available in English, Bilingual French, and Bilingual Spanish.

Mary Vinson has two English stations and one Bilingual Spanish station.

"This tool allows children to take advantage of evolving technology while at the same time increasing their opportunity to advance to the head of the class when school starts," Hamil said.

The software also allows parents and children to experience the learning process together, Hamil noted.

“One of the nicest things I've noticed about them is that the parents and children are working together on the activities. That's something that we always encourage and love to see at the public library," she said.

For additional information about the library's Early Literacy Stations, call Hamil at 478-452-0677 or email at


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