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Sonoma County Library Adds Twelve Bilingual Early Literacy Stations for Children


Sonoma County Library Adds Twelve Bilingual Early Literacy Stations for Children

AWE's Early Literacy Station Bilingual Spanish Edition Computers Provide Technology Exposure, Early Learning Skills, and School Readiness for Young Children 

The Sonoma County Library is even more AWE-some now, with the addition of twelve new bilingual AWE Early Literacy Stations™, generously funded by the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation. The all-in-one touch-screen computer stations are programmed with more than 70 educational games spanning seven curricular areas for children ages 2 to 8. They are designed to support school readiness and early education while making learning exciting and engaging.

On a Wednesday afternoon at the Northwest Library, Daejah Thomas (9) watched as her little brother Ricky (4) gingerly touched keys on the brightly-colored keyboard, sized perfectly for little hands. “It’s really easy to use, and fun!” said Daejah, as she and Ricky explored the learning activities together. The Early Literacy Station™ has an imaginative interface that encourages exploration by readers and pre-readers alike.

The early learning applications on the Early Literacy Station span every curriculum area: reading, language arts, math, science, STEM, social studies, writing, graphic arts, typing, music, and more. The content is correlated to Common Core standards. “School preparedness and academic success is one of our top priorities at the library,” said Kathy DeWeese, Coordinator of Children’s Services. “These new learning tools add to our extensive educational programs, complement our print resources, and make digital learning available to those who might not have access.”

With the bilingual version of the AWE computers, with a click of the mouse, the activity menu switches from English to Spanish, revealing an extensive collection of learning activities in Spanish. Kim Popenuck, children’s librarian at the Northwest Library, said, “It’s so nice to have these resources to help Spanish-speaking parents enjoy the library with their children who are learning both Spanish and English."

AWE’s Early Literacy Station, the company’s flagship product, is found in over 40% of the public libraries across the United States as well as in many communities in Canada and abroad.

“We are so grateful to the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation for their support of the library, school preparedness, and bilingual offerings in our community,” said DeWeese. “All our staff is appreciative, as are our communities.” Children ages 2-8- we invite you to visit any branch of the Sonoma County Library to play and learn as you explore the many activities available on the new AWE Early Learning Station computers.


About the Sonoma County Library (
Sonoma County Library serves the county’s 500,000 residents across 13 branches, services, and online programs. The mission of the Library is to organize and provide access to information and universal knowledge, protect intellectual freedom, and promote the value and joy of reading in order to enrich the lives of the people of our community.

About the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation (
The Sonoma County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) California nonprofit public benefit corporation, independent of the Library and its Commission. The Foundation raises money to support Library programs and services including the Summer Reading Program, Book Discussion Groups, Sonoma County Reads, and the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County.

About AWE, Inc. (  
AWE's mission is to inspire children to become lifelong learners. Our engaging digital learning solutions provide self-directed, intuitive learning environments that are easy to use and can be personalized for every child.