Friday, July 20, 2012
By EARTHA TERRELL
Reading can be fun, especially when it’s combined with technology, and that’s exactly what Boardman Barnes and Noble, located at 381 Boardman-Poland Road, decided to do. They turned reading into an interactive learning experience for children during story time July 12.
Every Thursday Barnes and Noble hosts story time, which is a program that allows young readers to explore their imaginations through reading and using the Nook tablet.
“Reading is the key to learning and education. I think it’s important for us to do what we can to encourage reading,” said Children’s Lead Book Seller Stephanie Ottey.
Children were able to tap into all of their senses while learning new skills, such as counting numbers and colors identification, as they listened to Ottey read tales of interesting characters. Children were also able to hear music on the Nook which corresponded with each story. The excitement has kept some parents and their children coming back many times.
“We’ve been coming for a couple of months and he enjoys it,” said Erin Vande Kappelle, of Poland.
While some parents came to the event to enhance their children’s academic exposure, some said they also were happy the program provided a chance for their children to meet new people and interact more.
“The kids love it. They love coming out here and interacting with the other kids,” said Jamie Dattilo.
The program also offered a way for parents to expose their children to different learning styles that can be fun and exciting.
“It’s a good preparation for preschool so that he learns how to follow instructions from a teacher,” said Betsy Tiger, of Canfield.