Just in time for the holidays, the Altus Public Library kicked off its Merry Movies for Kids film series Tuesday morning.
A gaggle of pre-school-aged children arrived for the 10:30 showing of Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, the 1976 animated Christmas television special created by Rankin/Bass Productions. Though their grandparents are likely to have watched the show as children, the youngsters were enraptured with Frosty, Crystal and Jack Frost — only taking their attention off the screen to take another bite of a sugar cookie.
The free movies continue next Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 10:30 a.m. when the library’s staff will be showing The Alpha-Bots Christmas, the 2007 story of electronic toys who can’t wait until Christmas to be delivered. And the final showing of the classic story ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 19 at the same time.
At the end of the movie, the children were introduced to the library’s newest learning and reading addition, a collection of Playaway launchpads.
The sturdy tablets are pre-loaded with learning games, activities and apps and do not have Internet access, so there’s no risk of exposure to unintended content.
They’re strictly meant to help children have fun while learning, librarian Kathy Hale said.
They’re divided into age categories. For children ages 3 to 5 who are in pre-kindergarten, the launchpads are equipped with games that help learn the alphabet, English language arts and reading, Science Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM building games, school review and prep, occupations, like skills and animals. For children ages 5 to 7 in kindergarten to second-grade, skills included in the launchpads are English language arts, e-books, brain breaks, fantasy, foods, and critical thinking. For children ages 8 to 10 in third- to fifth-grade, skills included are math, science and brain break games.
Children who wish to check out a launchpad must have parental permission and adult supervision with a current library card.