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Pima County Library getting a technical upgrade

Posted at 6:27 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 21:34:55-04

A grant is helping the downtown library get a technology upgrade.

The Joel D. Valdez Main Library in downtown received a nearly $60,000 grant to update their children's room.

Pima County Library's Kendra Davey says the money will fund interactive stations with computers and software, as well as individual tablets and a tablet-sized table donated by Cox Communications.

"Technology is becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives," said Davey. "We use technology with children, but what we are learning through research is there are effective ways to learn technology and less effective ways to use technology so we want to have spaces here for parents to really learn how to use technology with their children and to support their early learning development."

A spokesperson for the library says the children's area has never received any sort of substantial upgrade since it opened in 1990.

"What we really want to do is to help parents understand technology in a way that really supports their child's learning and just as important as it is to sit and read a book with a child, it is important to sit and interact with technology with the child," said Davey.

Davey says the technology will be popping up in the next four months.