East Lothian Council

Libraries help parents and toddlers use mobile technology safely

Published Monday 3rd April 17

Appiness library launch

East Lothian Libraries have gone digital when it comes to encouraging young children to learn in a fun way.

The ‘Appiness’ project has been launched at Tranent Library (in the George Johnstone centre) and is being rolled out to libraries in Dunbar, Haddington, Musselburgh, North Berwick and Prestonpans.

Each library will have an iPad in the children’s area, pre-installed with education apps geared towards two to five-year-olds. Guidance on the apps, as well as advice for parents on protecting young children using mobile technology, is available to download from the libraries website.

Tom Shearer, Head of Communities and Partnerships, said:

“This is a great project which not only encourages young children to learn in a fun way, using technology they will no doubt be familiar with, but also advises parents on safe use of the internet and mobile devices for their young ones.”

East Lothian Council was awarded funding from the Public Libraries Improvement Fund to introduce the project, following successful implementation in other local authority areas.


In addition to the iPads, apps and guidance, the Library Service will work with colleagues in education, community development, children’s wellbeing and in the voluntary and community sector to provide workshops for young children and their carers introducing them to the apps and supporting them in allowing their children access to mobile technology.

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