May 21, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - An online educational resource that brings children's stories to life has been launched by the New Brunswick Public Library Service. Tumblebook Library, a web-based initiative for young readers, is now available in public libraries or can be accessed from home.
Donald Arseneault, minister of post-secondary education, training and labour, announced the initiative today.
"The Tumblebook Library is a fun, interactive tool that brings the joy of reading to young people," said Arseneault. "Children of all ages can enjoy these animated story books, including those who may have difficulty reading standard print for reasons such as learning disabilities."
The Tumblebook Library, available in English, and BiblioEnfants available in French, offers online read-along books with pictures and animation. Created from published picture books, Tumblebooks are interactive, using narration and music to guide the young reader through the book. The narration and interactive controls can also aid text comprehension for young people who have difficulty reading standard print.
The addition of the Tumblebook Library is a key component of Library Services for All: a Pilot Service Model for People with Print Disabilities, launched in April by the New Brunswick Public Library Service.
"This initiative supports the goal of taking advantage of technological advancements to deliver effective and responsive public library service as outlined in the Five Year Strategic Plan for New Brunswick Public Library Service," said Arseneault.
Library patrons will be able to access Tumblebooks by visiting the New Brunswick Public Library Service website and clicking on Just For Kids.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617; Sylvie Nadeau, executive director, New Brunswick Public Library Service, 506-453-7141; Ella Nason, assistant director, New Brunswick Public Library Service, 506-453-3657.