Check this out: Libraries are helping the next generation plug into the future of learning and playing by making touchscreen devices available.
The Broward County Library system now has 18 locations — 12 of them new — in which Playaway Launchpad tablets, designed for children, can be checked out.
The devices, powered by an Android operating system and featuring a 7-inch high-definition touch screen, external speaker, audio jack and durable, protective bumper, are pre-loaded with ad-free apps grouped by subject, theme, grade level and age.
Content includes subjects from math and science to critical thinking and creativity, and themed learning packs featuring animals, princesses, fantasy, nature and more. Users can create a personal avatar and an informational console provides parents and educators feedback about how the children spent their time on the tablet.
Launchpads can be checked out for 21 days, with two seven-day renewals, and can be returned to any Broward County Library location. Two Launchpads can be checked out at once on the same account.
Where the tablets are located:
— Carver Ranches Library, 4735 SW 18th St., West Park; 954-357-6245
— Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Library, 1 Park Ave. E., Dania Beach; 954-357-7073
— Deerfield Beach Percy White Library, 837 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach; 954-357-7680
— Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 NW Ninth Court, Pompano Beach; 954-357-7670
— Lauderdale Lakes Library, 3580 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderdale Lakes; 954-357-8650
— Lauderhill Central Park Library, 3810 NW 11th Place Lauderhill; 954-357-7833
— Lauderhill Towne Centre Library, 6399 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill; 954-357-6406
— Miramar Library and Education Center, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar; 954-357-8090
— North Lauderdale Saraniero Library, 6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale; 954-357-6660
— North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek; 954-201-2600
— Northwest Branch Library, 1580 NW Third Ave., Pompano Beach; 954-357-6599
— Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs; 954-357-7990
— Pompano Beach Library, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach; 954-357-7595
— Riverland Library, 2710 W. Davie Blvd, Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-7455
— South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines; 954-201-8825
— Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines; 954-357-6580
— Sunrise Dan Pearl Library, 10500 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise; 954-357-7440
— West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; 954-765-1560
Visit Broward.org/library/ for information.