The Durham Public Library is pleased to announce that they have received an extremely generous donation of $10,000 from the Peach Pit Foundation. This money has been used for updates to the Children’s Room and to the public access computers.
Improvements to the Children’s Room include a new train table, child-sized chairs, and a kiosk with two iPads loaded with educational software and games for children ages 2 and up. Children’s librarian Alex Klaus states, “We are proud to offer a Krayon Kiosk featuring several iPads with developmentally relevant games and educational software that makes learning key concepts to be fun and interactive! This kiosk allows us to select educational apps targeted specifically to our unique community needs. The children are exposed to current technology which lets them self-select their own activities based on interest while preventing them from accessing inappropriate materials. This system helps in fostering school readiness and preparing children of all ages for future STEM based learning.”
The grant also enabled the Library to make improvement in adult services. “The new public access computers and software have been a huge upgrade,” says Assistant Director Christine Michaud, “and we were finally able to replace the last computers running Microsoft XP!.” The grant enabled the Library to purchase four new desktop computers and to install Windows 2016 on all ten public access computers. This gives patrons access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. More information on Library services and a current schedule of programs can be found on the Library website: http://www.durhamlibrary.org/.
The Peach Pit Foundation is a private grant-making organization whose mission is to “plant seeds of opportunity” in the local community. It was founded in 2005 and is located in Durham, Connecticut.