March 25, 2013
I recently read an article out of the School Library Journal titled Libraries "App Up" Storytime. A library in Waterton, MA is experimenting with digital storytime, using apps in children's library programs for education, entertainment, and involving parents in the learning process. The benefits and risks of using apps are not yet well known. One of the main disadvantages, in my opinion, is that by depending on electronic devices, it takes away the human interaction with the children. Think of all the positive effects upon a child when there is a real person to communicate and interact with. A child cannot give a device a hug or say thank you. There is nothing better than a little one coming up to you with a big smile and saying thank you for a great storytime.