Tumblebooks aims to help kids jump into reading
Young readers are giving a new program at the Westport Library a tumble.
To underscore the point of the new ebooks program, a talented group of tumblers helped introduce Tumblebooks on Friday afternoon.
Tumblebooks, a free online program offering interactive books for emerging and young readers, is now available through the Westport Library.
"There are videos and games that go along with each of the books," said Kris Nash, children's librarian, who made a short presentation in the library's McManus Room. "There are also some activities for teacher to use with the classrooms."
After Bill Derry, the library's assistant director, shared a dramatic reading of the children's book, "Oierre Le Poof!" using the program, the Westport Weston Family Y's exhibition gymnastics team performed a tumbling routine outside for visitors.
Xiaoyan Wang of Westport was among the visitors, with her 4-year-old son Adam.
"I'm starting to think about teaching him to read, so I'm interested in those interactive books," she said.
"The beautiful thing about this is you can read the book," Derry said. "You can turn the audio off."
The free Tumblebooks program can be accessed through the library's website, www.westportlibrary.org