IPTV library visit

Iowa Public Television representative Trista Peitzman talks to a group of preschoolers Wednesday.

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The Clinton Herald

CLINTON — The Clinton Public Library welcomed a special guest Wednesday in an attempt to promote a new library corner that connects public media with literacy and math skills in young children.

Trista Peitzman, Iowa Public Television prekindergarten to 12th grade coordinator, visited with children from ages 3 to 6 on Wednesday to talk about how they like to spend their free time, and how they can enjoy those things while still learning essential lessons.

“A lot of what we want to do is help parents learn to make anytime, learning time,” Peitzman said. “We’ve been working with preschools and libraries to launch these learning centers, trying to reach the parents and reach the kids.”

The new library learning corner will offer a fun-filled environment for children of all ages to enjoy a variety of resources that tie education and entertainment together in a unique and creative way.

Clinton Public Library children’s librarian Tamie Bird is grateful to IPTV and feels the learning corner will be an important tool for area children to experience the joys of the library.

“The Library Corner will be a great addition to our library and will serve to enrich the community,” Bird said in a release.

Clinton is not the only library to receive the new resource from IPTV, though. As part of their ready-for-school initiative, they are launching the library corners in 25 communities throughout Iowa.

The initiative is aimed to strengthen math and literacy skills in children ages 2 to 8, to prepare them for the rigorous lessons they will learn when they begin school and beyond.

“We want kids to get ready for school but we also want to make sure that they’re successful as well,” Peitzman said. “TV is a nice free resource and a good way to educate young children, so we like to make sure they have good quality TV available to them.”

But, to expand their ready-for-school initiative, IPTV has taken their educational resources to other forms of media as well.

Online features like the PBS Kids Lab offers a variety of interactive games that promote hands-on activities and learning opportunities to build and enhance literacy and math skills in children.

“We don’t want kids to stay inside all the time watching TV or playing on the computer,” Peitzman said. “But we know that you can’t be with them every minute of every day, so TV is a safe place for them to stay occupied. What we try to do is ensure they are getting good quality television that is educational and age appropriate.”