Parents who limit the amount of time their children spend with electronic gadgets shouldn't have to worry about the Sunbury Community Library's new Early Literacy Stations.

Parents who limit the amount of time their children spend with electronic gadgets shouldn't have to worry about the Sunbury Community Library's new Early Literacy Stations.

The library, 44 Burrer Drive, received a grant that facilitated the purchase of two Early Literacy Stations that children ages 2-10 can use for educational purposes.

The stations are touch-screen computers that come preloaded with educational software to help students in the areas of math, science, literacy, history, critical thinking, geography and more.

Fonda Kendrick, head of youth services at the library, said children naturally are attracted to computers, and the stations have been a great way for them to learn something while playing.

"I watched a 2-year-old sit there for 30 minutes practically squealing, he was having so much fun playing with a puzzle game," she said.

Kendrick said the stations are geared toward helping young children develop early literacy skills. These skills include learning how a book works (words run from left to right), motivating children to want to know what is inside of the book, developing letter recognition and some phonics.

"These stations will help children get ready to read and get a handle on pre-literacy skills," she said.

Kendrick said the library has just two stations right now, but she hopes there may be more community partners who want to get involved and help to supply more.

Children are able to sit down at the computers and select which activity they want to work on. Parents can help to select programs for their children by choosing a category and an appropriate age bracket.

Kendrick said the library also has headphone splitters that enable parents and children to work together on activities.

"It's been really neat to see parents and children spend hours together on these machines," she said.

The library also has been focusing on early literacy skills by providing preschool story times for children through age 6. A summer reading program in which children through age 11 can earn prizes for reading will begin June 9.

Also this summer, children can attend programs about nocturnal animals, hear age-appropriate scary stories and see a special show hosted by Ronald McDonald.

For more information and to see a complete list of programs, visit http://community.lib.oh.us.