Monroe County Public Library Awarded AWE Early Literacy Computers for Children's Services

News Release Date: 
Jan 16 2009
For Immediate Release

Contact: Margaret Harter
Community Relations Coordinator
812-349-3050; fax 812-349-3051

Additional contacts:
Josh Wolf, Manager, Children's Services, 349-3100
Christina Jones, Children's Librarian and Project Director, 349-3100

Child enjoying alternative to recreational computer use.

Bloomington--Monroe County Public Library has received a grant of three AWE early literacy computers. The new computers help the library fulfill its mission to serve as an important community source for the promotion of literacy. Parents and caregivers will find that the AWE computers provide a meaningful alternative to recreational computer use, supporting school readiness in a fun, active way for children in Pre-K through 5th grades. The computers are situated so that parents can play along with their children.

Everything about the AWE computer stations is child-sized and colorful. The AWE software games cross all curricula: reading, art, music, math, geography, and more.  Children will recognize favorite games from a variety of publishers, such as Jumpstart ( and DK Eyewitness. All games are available in English and Spanish.

"We are thrilled to have these new early literacy computers," says library director Sara Laughlin. "The library's new Strategic Plan, 2009-2011, emphasizes the development of interactive experiences that foster early learning, so we're off to a great start."

This project is supported by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library. IMLS is the primary source of federal support of the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to grow and sustain a "Nation of Learners," because life-long learning is essential to a democratic society and individual success. Through its grant-making, convenings, research and publications, the Institute empowers museums and libraries nationwide to provide leadership and services to enhance learning in families and communities, sustain cultural heritage, build twenty-first-century skills, and increase civic participation. To learn more about the Institute, please visit