There’s no substitute for books

There’s no substitute for books

I am writing in response to the article about using iPads for preschool story time. I believe this defeats the whole purpose of story time. Reading to children and having them use their imaginations to give life to what they hear is part of the wonder of books.

It is also important that children learn to quietly focus on a story, as this will help them learn to concentrate in a classroom. Having someone read to a group of children and hold a book up for all to see seems much better than having one or two children at a time come up to tap their fingers on a small iPad screen. Where is the socialization happening?

I also think the use of the iPad takes the focus away from books. Libraries remain one of the few places available for all children, regardless of social/economic status. How many families can realistically have an iPad available for a preschooler? But everyone can have books in their home!

Finally, I found it ironic that the story “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was mentioned in your article. This story begins with the wonderful image of Alice and her sister, sitting on the banks of a river on a warm summer day, reading a book. Picture a group of children eagerly scanning the shelves at a library, pulling out books, thumbing through the pages until they find the perfect one to nestle into a bean bag chair and read. Technology has its place. But please let’s keep story time “old school.” Put down the iPads and hand each child a book. It may be one of their most cherished gifts.

Janet Misel, Youngstown

Clean-up looks great

I would like to commend the group of hard working people that have done such a great job of cleaning up Wilson Avenue in Campbell.

I have been walking my dog along that street for nine years, and this is the first time I have seen some of the sidewalks.

It is really great and safer not to have to walk in the street in so many areas.

I just wanted to let you know it is appreciated.

Darlene Hibbard, Campbell