Students at Zachary Elementary returned to school this year with access to a new digital library called Fun eReader.
The school was awarded a grant from Arbordale Publishing in South Carolina that includes access to the company’s e-book platform for two years.
Through the platform, students are able to read on computers, tablets or phones in school or at home through the Fun eReader.
Arbordale chose three schools in each state to receive the grant after considering hundreds of applications. The grant recipients were awarded in May, just before the end of the 2014-15 school year. But, after working with schools to get the e-books in place and showing administrators all of the educational features over the summer, the two-year project is ready to begin.
As an independent publisher of children’s science and math picture books, Arbordale’s mission is to spark an interest in reading, science and math at an early age, a news release said.
In recent years, the publisher has released a sophisticated e-reading platform with dual-language (English and Spanish), audio with word highlighting and speed control (for literacy and language learning) and built-in teaching resources including packets of cross-curricular teaching activities and comprehension quizzes.
Families are able to log on and read the books at home on a computer or a tablet with the Fun eReader apps.
Parents should contact their child’s teacher at Zachary Elementary to learn about accessing the e-books.