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January 31, 2011

Kiwanis fund Early Literacy Station

The Grandview Heights Public Library announces the acquisition of the Early Literacy Station (ELS), a computer workstation loaded with more than 45 educational software titles for kids ages 2–10.

The ELS offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate, engaging, and academically relevant for children. It is located in Youth Services and has a colorful keyboard and tiny mouse to promote easy learning and discovery.

The ELS is made possible by generous funding from the Northwest Kiwanis Club, serving Grandview Heights, Marble Cliff and Upper Arlington.

The educational software covers seven curricular areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts & music, and reference. The system is designed to attract and educate toddlers through early elementary school ages.

Educational software titles include:

  • Millie’s Math House
  • JumpStart PreSchool
  • Just Grandma and Me
  • Stellaluna
  • Stationery Studio
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Typing
  • Kidspiration
  • Encarta Kids
  • Encyclopedia Britannica – Kids
  • Kid Pix
  • Reader Rabbit Phonics  
  • and 30 more top-rated titles   

The ELS has an imaginative interface that encourages exploration. Many of the software programs contain disguised learning activities that expand the child’s experience through games and extension activities.

“The Early Literacy Station is an invaluable resource for our toddlers to 5th grade students,” said Teen/Youth Services Manager Eileen McNeil. “The kids are having fun, and many times they don’t know they are learning!”

Early Literacy Stations are used in over 40% of the public libraries across the United States and Canada. Elementary Schools, Head Start centers, After School programs and Childcare facilities are adding the Early Literacy Station to their curriculum. For more information about the Early Literacy Station English or Bilingual Spanish editions, or to learn about the AWE's ELF Child-safe Browser, visit AWE, Inc. at

About AWE, Inc:
Since 1995, AWE, Inc. has been redefining access to safe, easy-to-manage, cost effective educational technology for children to use at Libraries, Schools and Childcare organizations. AWE develops products that solve the critical issues associated with access to appropriate, safe, dependable and effective educational content through technology, enabling schools and libraries to focus on education and information, not technical support and content selection. Early Literacy Stations are available in English Language and Bilingual Spanish editions.

Pictured: ELS at the Grandview Library, with (L-R): Eileen McNeil (Teen/Youth Services Manager); Tia Thomas (Grandview 2nd grader; 8 years old); Craig Jensen (Past President, Northwest Kiwanis Club); Jim Oyer (President, Northwest Kiwanis Club).

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