Children play with new rocket in Hervey Bay Library

Rocket with iPads to engage kids at Hervey Bay Library

A ROCKET, complete with iPads displaying a range of fun and educational apps, features in the Hervey Bay Library's new Emerging Technologies Children's Area.

The area was officially launched by councillor George Seymour and library staff just before lunch on Tuesday.

"There are multisensory tools that engage children in a creative and collaborative environment," he said.

"These sorts of technologies are now an integral part of the education system and children are very tech savvy.

"It's important that the libraries keep abreast of the latest trends and technologies and incorporate them into the services that we offer.

"It's a great initiative and our staff has done a fantastic job getting them up and running."

The Fraser Coast libraries' emerging technology projects also include a planned coffee table iPad kiosk for older patrons, an upcoming technology tool bar for hands-on exploration of new digital tools and a collection of Kobo e-readers available for loan.

'The e-readers are now available for loan while the additional features should be ready for use by April," Cr Seymour said.

For more information about the services offered at the libraries, visit www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/libraries.

Youngsters swarm around the rocket fitted with iPads at the Hervey Bay Library's new Emerging Technologies Children's Area.
Youngsters swarm around the rocket fitted with iPads at the Hervey Bay Library's new Emerging Technologies Children's Area. Eliza Wheeler