Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Families Can Visit the 'Cybrary' for Best of the Web

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Families Can Visit the 'Cybrary' for Best of the Web

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I found some great children's sites on the Internet the other day. And I did it with the help of librarians.

The American Library Association has put together a cyber-collection of more than 700 fun and useful Web sites for children. A "cybrary," if you will.

There's more to say about the cybrary. But first, a look at some of the more intriguing children's sites. For example, have you ever wondered how to encourage a child's interest in music? The Garden State Pops Youth Orchestra (www.gspyo.com) lets users listen to various musical instruments. There's a calendar that lists important music events for each day of the year and even a tutorial on how to read music. One of my favorite children's art sites is called "A. Pintura: Art Detective" (www.eduweb.com/pintura). By moving through its interactive mysteries, children can learn art concepts and history. The Case of Grandpa's Painting, for example, had me helping the ace sleuth figure out which famous artist painted his client's grandfather's mystery painting. Along the way, I learned about Titian, Millet, and the use of perspective and composition. I'm not sure what to call "Dav Pilkey's Web Site O' Fun" (www.pilkey.com), other than it's off-the-wall funny and appealing to children. The author and illustrator has put up a site with a hilarious cartoon version of his childhood, instructions on "How 2 Draw a Dumb Bunny," and directions on creating intriguing paper airplanes. Not all children should be on the Web, says Walter Minkel, chairman of the library association's Notable Children's Web Site Committee. In his own work as technology trainer for the Multnomah County Library in Portland, Ore., he's found that before fourth grade, most children don't have the patience or skills to navigate the Web. Young children are better served by age-appropriate CD-ROM software, he says. …

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