This is an AWE Learning stock photo displaying what one of the computer learning stations will look like. The Alger Library will have the learning stations up and running soon.
This is an AWE Learning stock photo displaying what one of the computer learning stations will look like. The Alger Library will have the learning stations up and running soon. (photo submitted)

ALGER — Alger’s new library director, Stacey Hensley, has orchestrated somewhat of a ‘learning coup’ for young library patrons. Last October, she applied to the Ohio’s Children Foundation for a grant to cover new, state-of-the-art computer work stations. And she got $10,200 for three of these, which are being purchased from the AWE Learning Center.

One is an “Early Literacy Station” designed for youth ages 2 to 8. It features over 4,000 localized learning activities. Ms. Hensley said these learning activities fall under such categories as math, social studies, geography, writing, reading…

AWE says: “Studies show that the integration of blended learning into early childhood education can increase literacy, improve school readiness, and prepare young learners for curriculum that is based on STREAM and STEM.

Ms. Hensley says: “More and more modern education process is moving toward the use of computers. This (computer learning stations) will help youth get started early.”

The Alger Library will also now feature a computer, bi-lingual learning station for Spanish. Ms. Hensley said most junior high and high school curriculum include taking a second language, with a majority of students traditionally choosing Spanish.

The director said that by exposing younger learners to the language, it will help them tremendously when they do get to a stage when it’s required – not to mention they’ll be more proficient, period, because of the early exposure.

The third learning station revolves around “coding.” This involves a multitude of exercises to help youth to begin to learn about creating computer programming code, which is, in essence, using text to tell a computer what to do.