The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) has expanded their digital learning solutions for youth to include AWE’s Platinum Early Literacy Stations™ at all 10 Library locations. 

“As youth services librarians, we know that many of our caregivers struggle with concerns over when and how to integrate technology into their children’s learning and play,” said Meredith Hoyer, youth services supervisor. “This is why the Library has invested in devices that allow caregivers to introduce technology using curated learning applications in a safe, digital environment.”

The preloaded terminals provide access to over 85 award-winning educational software titles for children that focus on STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) concepts, as well as activities that can help build social and emotional skills in English and Spanish.

“As part of our core services, the AWE Learning Stations are another invaluable resource that help community members connect, explore, share, and discover early learning at the Library,” said Lauren Ryan, manager of branch services, young minds and family resources. “This resource supports our SOARING (Supportive Opportunities for Achieving Reading in the Next Generation) initiative, which is designed to help caregivers navigate early childhood programming and resources, learn the different strategies used to support early literacy through each developmental stage, and replicate those strategies at home.”

The learning stations include educational activities that reinforce SOARING’s early literacy practices, including: singing along with nursery rhymes, practicing tracing letter shapes, and reading exercises.

“These stations provide youth a fun way to learn foundational skills for school readiness like letter knowledge, phonological awareness, and vocabulary,” said Ryan. “Many of the activities and games feature iconic children’s characters like Arthur, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Dora the Explorer, which help keep children entertained and engaged while discovering new skills and concepts.”

Additionally, SCLSNJ recently expanded the SOARING initiative to include a kindergarten readiness series. For more information about SCLSNJ’s SOARING and SOARING Into Kindergarten offerings, visit: