Library Launches Remote Access to Education Program

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County has launched remote access to the award-winning ABCmouse through its website so families can access it at home. 

ABCmouse is a digital education program for children ages 2 to 8. The library is offering remote access to the program as part of its commitment to childhood literacy, a news release states. The program is free for home use for those who have a library card.

It includes unlimited access to the same full version of the ABCmouse Early Learning Academy offered onsite in library branches or that consumers subscribe to on their own for remote access. 

“We are thrilled to offer one more way that parents and caregivers can support and develop their child’s early learning at home,” said Erin Phemester, PLYMC chief experience officer. “We know that ABCmouse is very popular in our libraries, and we hope that community members will enjoy sharing this together at home. Combined with sharing books and attending our story time programs, ABCmouse at home can be a very beneficial tool in the early literacy tool kit that parents and caregivers develop.” 

ABCmouse offers a comprehensive curriculum available for children with more than 10,000 learning activities, more than 1,200 of which are in Spanish. Subjects include math, science, reading, language arts, social studies and music.  

“We are focusing on literacy for both children and adults here at the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, especially in the summer through our Summer Discovery Program,” said Aimee Fifarek, PLYMC director and CEO. “Last year, we had around 6,500 logins to ABCmouse from people visiting our libraries alone. One of the reasons we are offering ABCmouse for families at home is because we understand that offering quality programming to improve literacy can have a huge impact on families in Mahoning County.”

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Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.