App of the Week

mah john towersThis week’s adult app is Mahjong Towers. Become a Mahjong Maniac! To get started, simply touch the tiles to match them. You can swipe your discard pile & undo as far back as you want. This simple game will improve your thinking, logic & visual skills, while you lose yourself in this popular puzzle.

Early Literacy App of the Week

MooBaa Moo, Baa, La La La

Author/illustrator Sandra Boynton’s best-selling board book is even more fun in this hilarious digital adaptation. Children can read the minimal text themselves or listen as a narrator reads it to them. A tap or slide of the finger brings interactive features to life on each page.

Kids this age love repetition, and Moo, Baa, La La La is an app they’ll use over and over again.

iOS 4+ ($3.99)  Android ($1.87)

★★ Child Technology Reviews Editor’s Choice ★★

★★ Parent’s Choice Recommended ★★

Early Literacy App of the Week

Builditup  Build It Up

Build it Up is a deceptively simple app that allows toddlers and preschoolers the chance to work on their visual perception and fine motor skills by constructing towers, figures, and buildings from the ground up.

Math concepts such as size, top/bottom, and before/after are also emphasized in this app.

Children will receive immediate feedback. An incorrect block placement is returned to the starting point, and solving the puzzle gets a cheer. This app is fun by itself and is easily enhanced by engaged caregivers.

Available for iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone. A demo version is free, and the full game costs $2.99.

LibraryReads– Book Recommendations from Librarians

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Librarians from across the country have chosen their top titles for December. You can read their reviews on the LibraryReads website, then click on any of the covers below to place a hold.

No Good Duke

 

Vatican Waltz The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles The Trip to Echo Springs Supreme Macaroni Company Secret Rooms My Age of Anxiety Innocence How to Run with a Naked Werewolf Dangerous Women

Bucks County Free Library Board Meeting

 

Tuesday, November 19, 5:30

Doylestown District Library Center

150 South Pine Street, Doylestown

Adult App of the Week

geared

Gear up for fun and stimulate your brain with this week’s app, Geared. It’s deceptively simple, yet increasingly challenging. Start by powering the blue gear using the other colored gears. The higher the level, the more blue gears!

Early Literacy App of the Week

pigeon Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App

Mo Willems, Caldecott winning author, brings his popular pigeon to the digital world with this interactive book for kids of all ages. Younger children will like the read-along option with its age-appropriate opportunities for interactivity. Older children can answer questions posed by the bus driver, shake the pigeon (the device) and then listen as their personalized stories are told complete with their own voices.

Besides learning the basics of storytelling, a learn-to-draw-the-pigeon option allows kids to stretch other creative muscles.

The pigeon makes a remarkable move to digital format and is well worth the cost of the app. (iOS 5.1+, $5.99)

App of the week

word search

This week’s app is Word Search + from Megafauna Software. Word searches are a great way for all ages to learn spelling and vocabulary. This free version of the app comes with 16 categories, customizable fonts and backgrounds, and different puzzle sizes. Turn the timer on and the app will keep track of your record times.

Word Search + is available free and has an upgradeable premium edition for purchase. It is available for iPhone and iPad.

Early Literacy App of the Week

Colortoons     Colortoons (iPad, iPhone, iTouch, iOS 3+, $0.99)

Animals of all shapes and colors come to life in this coloring app that provides a big, creative outlet for even the smallest children.

Choose a dinosaur or an animal from the farm, woodland or safari. To fill in areas simply tap, or use a paintbrush to color free-hand.

When you’re done, save your animal to your device’s photo gallery and then share it through Facebook or email.

Library Reads– Book Recommendations from Librarians

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Bellman and Black

 Someone Else's Love Story Valley of Amazement Lies You Wanted to HearThe Cartographer of No Mans Land Raven's Eye Death of a Nightingale ParasiteThe Death of SantiniThrough the Evil Days