Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Inter-Active PCs For Kids At Libraries


Christchurch City Libraries has installed 19 children’s interactive PCs.
Located in libraries around Christchurch, the new computers operate with a touch screen or mouse and provide a range of interactive stories and information sources.

With 23 different titles, the computers contain great favourites such as the Wiggles, Spot and Dr Seuss plus a selection of educational resources including Eye-witness encyclopedias.

The computers, complete with sound, enable children from as young as two to take part in stories, find new facts and even design a greeting card.

“The interactive PCs replace the previous children’s Apple Macintoshes, which have done a great job for us in the past, but have become outdated,” says Leonne Gason, the IT Support Manager for Christchurch City Libraries. “The new machines successfully combine the latest technology with well-known children’s titles to provide stimulating, interactive entertainment and education.”

The aim of the computers is to encourage learning through play. There are five subject categories: Art & Writing; Stories; Music & Song; Explore & Play; and Find Out. Quizzes, stories and other activities encourage children to explore various topics and learn new skills through participation. Interactive storybooks also provide entertainment for younger users.

The introduction of the interactive PCs coincides with a major television campaign to urge people to make greater use of their public libraries. “This is great timing,” says Sasha Bowers, the library’s Promotions & Publications Co-ordinator.

“The adverts aim to tell people about the variety of opportunities for recreation, information and learning available through libraries. The interactive PCs certainly take fun and learning to a new dimension and are already proving to be a big hit with kids.”

Photo opportunity:

The Centre for the Child, located in the Central City Library, has four interactive PCs. A class from Christchurch East School will try out the computers on Friday 23 February 10 – 11am. This is an opportunity to see the computers in use and find out what the children think.

For more information: Sasha Bowers, Promotions & Publications Co-ordinator, Christchurch City Libraries, 372 7845 or Leonne Gason, IT Support Manager, Christchurch City Libraries, 379 6914

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election