Library gets grant to fund literacy computer

The Kennett Library has been named the recipient of a grant from CCRES Educational and Behavioral Services that will benefit young learners.

The $3,600 award will fund the purchase a second AWE Early Literacy Station (ELS). This is the second time the Kennett Library has received grant funding from CCRES, said a library press release.

The ELS is a 20-inch, all-in-one, touchscreen computer preloaded with educational games that contain more than 4,000 activities across seven major content areas. The computer is made for children aged 2 to 8 to improve their literacy skills while having fun, the release said.

The Kennett Library added its first ELS in the fall of 2015. Since that time, the ELS and its learning games have been used more than 1,700 times. Some of the most popular programs include La Casa de Dora and Diego’s Safari Rescue, which employ popular children’s characters to encourage word and sound recognition. The blend of auditory, tactile, and visual components make the ELS a great tool for all types of learners.

“Right now, the AWE Early Literacy Station is the first thing kids go to when they head to the computer area in the Children’s Library. Not only that, but parents prefer their kids use the Literacy Station over our other PCs,” John Hendrix, Kennett Library’s children’s librarian, said in the release.

Adding a second ELS computer will benefit both the Kennett Library and the community it serves. Patrons can use the existing ELS computer right now and will be able to use the additional device this fall thanks to the CCRES donation. For more information on the AWE computers and other children’s literacy programs, contact John Hendrix at or stop into the library.



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