Nicole Fowles: Launchpad tablets suited for younger users


If you’ve ever had a child play with your cellphone, you probably quickly realized that it only takes him touching a few wrong buttons and suddenly your phone is in German and you’ve got a new lock password on your homescreen.

Similarly, in the Delaware County District Library children’s department, the educational iPads were frequent victims of a language change, a screen color shift, or a locked app. After some testing, our IT department determined that the iPads weren’t best suited for young children, and they were moved to an area designated for “tweens” – kids in the 9-11 age range.

Now occupying the location where the iPads were are “Playaway Launchpads” for younger users. These secure, pre-loaded learning tablets are created especially for children in a library environment. Each Launchpad has a fun theme with 10 or more educational apps already on it. Kids can pick up the truck theme and then play in the “Construction Alphabet” app, or any of the other choices available at the branch.

Launchpads are now available at all four of our library locations, and we’ve already heard many positive comments from our users, and their parents. Next time you’re in your home branch, swing by the children’s area and look for the tablets with the orange cases. You might have picked up the princess theme, the dinosaur theme, or another fun choice. The Launchpads will rotate throughout the branches so children get an opportunity to try all the themes over time.

While the kids learn and play on the Launchpads, you can take a stroll through the DVD section and see what’s new on the shelves this month:

• “Burnt.” When a rock-star chef’s (Bradley Cooper) bad attitude destroys his career, he finds a crew to help him battle the odds and open a new restaurant that could earn him a third Michelin Star.

• “Freeheld.” The true love story of Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) and their fight for justice.

• “Goosebumps.” When monsters are unleashed from their manuscripts and terrorize a town, it’s up to R.L. Stine, Zach & Hannah to get them back in their books.

• “The Keeping Room.” In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, three Southern women are forced to take up arms to defend their home — and themselves — from two renegade Union soldiers on Sherman’s March.

• “Meadowland.” In the hazy aftermath of an unimaginable loss, couple Sarah (Olivia Wilde) and Phil (Luke Wilson) come unhinged, recklessly ignoring the repercussions.

• “Our Brand is Crisis.” A Bolivian presidential candidate failing in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock).

• “Truth.” A riveting true story of one of network news’ biggest scandals, featuring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett.

Nicole Fowles

Glad You Asked

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s website at or directly to Nicole at [email protected]. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.

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