For the Summer Reading 2014 season, Chinook Regional Library purchased tablets in order to develop a practice of incorporating digital tools into library programming.
This initiative used an IPad Mini and 2 Samsung Galaxy Tabs and required 40 hours of staff development and programming time to create resource materials, advertisement materials and develop hour long family literacy sessions to be prototyped during the summer, for expanded use in regular programming.
With the use of tablets, families can learn about the multitude of digital tools which enhance family literacy at the library.
Tumble Books, Storybird and e-books were the target resources as they are provided by all the Saskatchewan Public Library System.
Chinook Regional Library is also experimenting with two innovative programs: digital storytelling and animating short films using Movie Maker during a Teen Writing Camp program.
Outcome: Families and youth have opportunities to expand their knowledge of electronic resources at the library as well as being exposed to new forms of technology.