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Posted: October 10, 2013 7:30 p.m.

Libraries add computers for ages 2-10

The Newton County Library System has purchased three Early Literacy Stations, comprehensive educational computers loaded with more than 60 educational software titles for kids ages 2-10.

They will be available for use at the Covington and Porter library branches beginning Monday.

The Early Literacy Stations, AWE’s flagship digital all-in-one computers, are found in more than 35 percent of public library systems in the United States. They contain pre-loaded educational software programs including Kid Pix 3D, Dora the Explorer, Math Doodles, and Sesame Street titles. The software content spans all curriculum areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts and music, and reference.

Each station features a colorful and intuitive interface that makes it easy for children — pre-readers and readers alike — to navigate and explore on their own.

"The Early Literacy Station is an invaluable resource for toddlers, (and) kindergarten and grade-school students," Lace Keaton, director of the Newton County Library System said. "They are having fun, and many times they don’t realize they are actually learning."

Each session will be limited to 50 minutes.

The computers were purchased with a grant from the James Hyde Porter Foundation.

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