All you need is a Library card, a flow of ideas, an enthusiastic team, and voila, Digital Play Packs have now hit the shelves at the Library. The Play Packs come complete with tips, a story guide, and ways to blend digital play into a child’s daily routine of learning. The Lethbridge Early Years Coalition (LEYC) and Lethbridge Public Library’s The Crossings Branch have created four Digital Play Packs (two Superhero and two Science Magic) that can be borrowed by parents/caregivers to navigate through the realities of parenting in our technological world.
In a handout that accompanies the Digital Play Pack, LEYC notes that it’s all about achieving balance and using technology as a tool to expand, enrich, and extend children’s learning and development, underscoring a quote from the Alberta Wellness Initiative, “Brains aren’t just born. They’re also built. Positive child-caregiver interactions build
Vicki Hazelwood, Early Years Coordinator, LEYC, says, “The benefits of investing in the early years of children’s development extends far beyond the individual child and family. Giving children a good start in life strengthens our community and our economy.” She notes that LEYC is currently looking for funding to create six additional Digital Play Packs to help meet the anticipated demand.
Bonnie Mikalson-Andron, Manager, Branch Services, says “The Crossings Branch is excited to be able to offer these new resources to the families of Lethbridge. Technology is simply a fact of life for children today, and the Digital Play Packs will help parents and children learn how to use technology in a positive way to build stronger minds, and as a result, a stronger community.”
Vicki says, “Last year Lethbridge Early Years Coalition hosted two workshops on electronics and the preschool brain. The community response to the topic was very strong and positive. This response fostered an awareness of an opportunity to support caregivers as to ways to incorporate technology. Learning from successful Digital Play Packs created by Red Deer Early Years Coalition in 2015, LEYC partnered with the Library to create four Digital Play Packs, and building on the Red Deer Coalition’s research, these Digital Play Packs were designed specifically for the Lethbridge community and can be borrowed, with a Library card, from The Crossings Branch.”
LEYC and The Crossings Branch staff are inviting the community to the launch of the new Digital Play Packs Collection September 11, at The Crossings Branch: 9:30 a.m. – Kids’ Science Activities in Atrium / Early Years Coalition Display; 10 a.m. – Time for Rhymes in Friends Place; and 11 a.m. – Science Demo in Atrium.