Buruburu Public Library’s mobile digital librarian brings the magic of e-books to hospitals, young offenders’ institutions, child care centres and schools, reaching hundreds of children who do not have access to books and would otherwise not hear the stories.
The innovative service
The mobile digital librarian travels with a laptop, a modem, an LCD projector and speakers. The librarian downloads the stories from a variety of digital libraries, which provide free e-books and educational resources for children, for example, Curious George, Starfall-Learn to Read, the International Children’s Digital Library; Storyplace, and Oxford Owl.
Creative use of ICT
Using the modem, the librarian connects to the internet and downloads the free e-books to a laptop. The projector is used to enlarge the text and pictures, which are shown on an LCD screen.
The librarian or a teacher then reads with the children, guiding them through the stories. The speakers amplify the sound for bigger groups, and when there is no librarian or teacher to read with the children, pre-recorded stories are broadcast through the speakers. After each story, children ask questions and discuss content.