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The Davis Library, Plano Public Library System

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App Time is a quintessential story time with a twist, a digital twist. The Davis Library takes stories and concepts to a new level by using iPads to enhance the story time. Story time is an early learning program that incorporates books, flannels, songs and rhymes in a group setting. Each week, in App Time a new concept such as ABCs is introduced using books and flannels, the concept is expanded upon with the introduction of apps. The presenter demonstrates the app and then lets the parent and child explore the app on their own, this is then done a second time with a different app covering the same concept. “It’s NOT only computers. I like that the librarians introduce the topic, discuss it, read about it, and THEN reinforce it with a game,” commented a patron when asked what they liked most about the program. The iPads were purchased with a grant awarded to Plano Public Library System by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Patron comments include positive feedback about the use of technology with early learning.