Friday, September 17, 2010

Think About it

It’s a digital world. Think about it:
     -- Facebook and MySpace
     -- Scanning your own items at the supermarket.
     -- Sharing pictures and documents.-- Watching movies on your handheld device. 
     -- Reading on your Kindle.
     -- IPads, multitasking and more.

A few years ago educator Karl Fisch put together a thought-provoking presentation called “Shift Happens,” looking at world demographics and technology.  That presentation has been revised as “Did You Know” with up-to-date statistics. It will make you think about our lives and where we’re headed in the U.S. It will make you think about your child’s education and upbringing.

Mount Prospect families are all engaged in the digital world, although some may embrace technology more wholeheartedly than others.  What are your kids doing on the computer and their handheld devices these days?  Do you know?  How are our children going to survive and thrive in the 21st century?  How can Mount Prospect Library support your child in the future?  We can't predict where technology will take us in the next decades, but READING and THINKING are the tools your child will need to succeed.  The more you read, the more you know; it's as simple as that.  The more you read, the greater perspective you have for critical thinking.  Technology tools will certainly change, but reading and thinking will always be the skills.  What better place to read, think, and grow than the libraries, both Mount Prospect Library and the Bernards Township Public Library?  These institutions have one foot in the past and one foot in the future.  Think about it.  If you are interested in other versions of the "Did You Know" presentation, or you wish to join the global conversation, you can visit: