The Story Place is children’s collection I came across recently with some good resources for children and their parents. The Story Place pre-school library offers 15 subjects for children’s activities, each with an animated story, animated activity, take-home activity, suggested reading list and parent activity. This is a nice resource for parents and children’s librarians to reinforce concepts for children beyond story-time. The activities supplement and reinforce the vocabulary learned during story-time, and the parent-child interaction promotes bonding and information retention. Toddlers pay very close attention to their primary care-givers, learning speech and behavior from their example, so they are more likely to absorb information from primary care-givers than from a librarian they only see once a week. Parents and librarians working together will be doubly effective in locating appropriate resources and facilitating effective learning techniques.
The Internet Archive Children’s Library has a very nice interactive feature that gives the user the impression of turning pages in a book. I know it’s just a trick of animation and it shouldn’t make such a big difference, but I find this so appealing, so much more satisfying than just viewing static pages! This collection is more for older children and individuals with archival interests, I think. It includes children’s books that have passed out of copyright, into the public domain.
In other news, after class today, I went to the computer lab to try out the Greenstone digital collection building software. I skimmed the introductory info and browsed the sample collections. I can’t say I feel that it’s any better or worse than Omeka, but I’ll have a better feel for it when I can start building my collection. Greenstone is not currently set up in the lab for students to upload objects and practice building, because I’m sure the IT department doesn’t want the lab computers to become a free dumping zone. Still, I will feel more comfortable when I can practice uploading and manipulating information. Omeka will be available for building soon enough—I’ve got plenty to read while I wait.