Libraries of the Future: Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library has always been pleased to partner and work with innovative libraries. And once again, one of our clients has been recognized for its outstanding programming for kids and teens.

This year’s winner of the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award is the Indianapolis-Marion County Library System in Indianapolis, IN.

As recently posted on the YALSA blog, there is a digital divide between those kids who have access to laptops, desktops and current software, and those whose only access to the internet is at public locations such as schools and libraries. As we concern ourselves with preparing our school kids for the twenty-first century, kids without access to today’s technology, including iPods, cell phones, as well as adaquate computer access are left even further behind their peers.

IMCLS’s new physical and virtual space, The Learning Curve @ Central Library addresses the needs of kids from their toddler to teenage years, by giving them not just access to, but also instruction in the use of technology today. And they make it fun, with an interactive virtual universe, CurveWorld, that builds literacy in information, technology and media through fun games and activities.

Like’s Live Homework Help®, The Learning Curve @ Central Library, aims to bridge the digital divide. Groups and individuals can visit the library for planned activities and to visit the Learning Curve space where they can experience the interaction of technology and traditional literacy, and the evolving role of the public library.

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