ELDON – Plenty of patrons happily celebrated a variety of new resources that are aimed at enhancing education for children within the community as the Eldon Public Library unveiled Iowa Public Television's Library Corners Monday afternoon.
"We're pleased to expand these Library Corners to additional locations in Iowa," said IPTV Director of Educational Services Terry Rinehart. "With these Library Corners, families can spend time together reading books, engaging in hands-on activities and playing online games that support skills such as recognizing letters and sounds, counting and measurement."
The Cardinal Community School District has partnered with IPTV to bring learning resources, including the Library Corner, to public libraries in cities within the district's reach. The Agency, Batavia and Eldon public libraries now have additional children's resources available to promote a healthy connection between public media and early literacy and math skills.
"Iowa Public Television is partnering with the school district here and a lot of different groups that work with younger children to encourage learning. Today we are launching just one of those resources, the Library Corner, which includes a story time rug, a banner, a stand up Peg+ Cat character cutout that is just really fun for the kids and some books and other resources that go along with what they are learning," IPTV PK-12 Coordinator Trista Peitzman said before unveiling Eldon's new learning center.
The Library Corners are brightly colored, fun-filled centers that were formed as part of IPTV's Ready for School initiative, an effort to strengthen learning among children between the ages of 2 and 8 years old in dozens of Iowa communities.
The new children's corner offers more than just a fun place to learn — it is filled with age-appropriate materials to help youngsters want to learn, including interesting books and PBS children's DVDs. Online resources are also available for families, including pbskidgs.org and PBS Kids Lab, for when the little book lovers can't make it to the library.
Children who celebrated the new educational center were greeted by some fun, familiar faces. The launch event included a special viewing of Peg + Cat, a new educational series designed to engage preschool children and help them learn to solve math-based problems with the help of 5-year-old Peg and her friendly feline, Cat.
"Peg + Cat, is a show that came out last fall that is really tailored to preschool-aged kids and sharpening those math skills," said Peitzman. "We want families to be able to make anytime learning time, whether they are at school, the library or even watching TV."
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