Kids Life Tuscaloosa January/February 2022 - Page 13

teachers and school librarians is a major focus of the TPL mission . A popular program within the school system is Tinker Tubs . Plastic tubs are filled by library staff with age-appropriate STEM and STEAM projects , as well as materials required for individual students to complete each project . Tinker Tubs are available for teacher check out , and training is provided at the library or in the classroom so teachers can best utilize all this program offers . When the tubs are returned , they are restocked by staff for the next classroom use .
The Tuscaloosa Public Library can actually be found anywhere technology is available to its patrons . During Covid , TPL ’ s Internet offerings have been even more highly valued . Patrons can check out eBooks , audio books , music , and can access a new movie streaming service named Kanopy . Students can access tutors for homework , study for tests such as the driving test and college entrance exams , learn foreign languages , access children ’ s services , and take advantage of myriad additional programs . And all of this can be accomplished from the comforts of home .
Children ’ s story hours are offered at the library branches , but are also found through past radio readings on the TPL website . Local author readings and interviews are found on the TPL You- Tube channel , and the Tuscaloosa Public Library uses social media , such as Facebook , Instagram and Twitter to help keep patrons informed of upcoming programs and activities .
And what is happening within library walls ? From book discussions for adult readers at the Brown Branch , to creative craft programs at the Weaver Bolden Branch , to Lego activities held in a decorated castle room at the
Main library , to the teen STEAM center that includes technology such as 3D printers , the library system offers a host of free opportunities certain to enhance lives . The focus of the library has been partnering with organizations to help provide community enrichment and involvement for all Tuscaloosa County citizens . As such , the library has hosted book clubs with local author participation , author book signings , summer animal and magic science shows for children , summer reading pledges , and innovative programs such as offering parents guidance on how to increase literacy within their homes . Hot spots that provide internet availability can be checked out , allowing those with no home Wi Fi to access the internet . Computers are available within each library .
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