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A new computer designed to challenge young minds in a kid-friendly, safe learning environment is now available at the Crosswicks Library Company thanks to the efforts of the Burlington County Library System Foundation.

BCLS Director Ranjna Das (seated at the new AWE Early Literacy Computer at the Crosswicks Library Company) is joined by (from left) Lynn Sichel, president of the board of trustees of the Crosswicks Library Company, and Burlington County Library System Foundation members Ralph Shrom and Patricia Lindsay-Harvey, vice president.

A non-profit, volunteer group that seeks funds to support our libraries, the foundation applied for and was awarded a $2,500 grant from the Kinder Morgan Foundation in July 2016. The money was used to provide the new AWE Early Literacy Computer at the Crosswicks Library, which was incorporated in 1817 to serve the needs of the community of Chesterfield. Installed last year, the new AWE computer has more than 70 preloaded applications with a touchscreen game-play option for ages 2 to 12, a color-coded keyboard for building computer literacy, and a small, color-coded mouse designed just for kids. All games are educational and many incorporate STEM-based learning activities. Basically, the new computer keeps the focus on learning, but delivers it in a fun and accessible way!

Evelyn plays with the AWE computer after Story Time with Miss Lynn.

Want to be part of ongoing efforts to support your local libraries too? The BCLS Foundation was formed in 2015 to “seek private financial support to shape libraries as a fundamental community resource for now and for future generations.” Consider donating to the Foundation to help fund important reading and literacy initiatives at libraries throughout Burlington County.