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H”App”y Kids at the Maryland Library Association, by Sam Eddington

On May 9th, the last day of the Maryland Library Association’s annual conference, we held a program called “Apps, Tablets and Children…Oh My!” Rachael Stein of the Eastern Shore Regional Library organized this event as a follow-up to the trainings that Cen Campbell conducted here in Maryland last October. We wanted to showcase some of the many ways in which libraries are using new media in children’s services, and also provide a venue for library staff to discuss trends, issues, and ideas around this topic.

The first hour of the program featured lightning talks (and demonstrations!) from Phyllis Bontrager (Baltimore County Public Library), Betsy Diamant-Cohen (Mother Goose on the Loose), Jenny Gallagher and Julie Ranelli (Queen Anne’s County Free Library), Sharon Lanasa (Dorchester County Library), Daria Perry (Harford County Public Library), Carly Reighard (Frederick County Public Library), and Amanda Roberson (St. Mary’s County Library). The second hour was an unconference-style time for discussion, brainstorming, and reflection, facilitated by Sam Eddington (Eastern Shore Regional Library). There was a great energy in the room, and dozens of library staff members participated in the program!

This handout was prepared by Amanda Roberson. There was a lot of interest in this list, and so she kindly made it available to us, with her permission to share it freely.

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