'Equity in educational tools': Free Playaway Launchpads available

Angela and Julia Clemente check out the Playaway Launchpads available to borrow free at Fairfield City Open Libraries.

Angela and Julia Clemente check out the Playaway Launchpads available to borrow free at Fairfield City Open Libraries.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said Fairfield City Open Libraries' new range of free Playaway Launchpads will help provide "equity in educational tools."

The Launchpad tablet, which doesn't require an online connection, has more than 100 different free online learning apps for children, teens and adults and features a simple easy-to-use interface.

Mr Carbone said learning apps can have a powerful impact on educational development, significantly increasing mathematics and reading efficiency.

"We want families to have equity in educational tools to help them get ahead in their lives. This shouldn't be only available to those that can afford internet access," said Mr Carbone in relation to numbers that show almost 20 percent of Fairfield households do not have access to the internet at home - double the amount of Sydney as a whole.

"Fairfield City Libraries are at the forefront of providing access to thousands of free movies, books, audiobooks, magazines, songs as well as learning apps.

"If you're not a member of our libraries, now is great time to join to take advantage of free movies, music and learning apps on the go, and all the other services on offer."

Residents can borrow the Playaway Launchpads at Fairfield City Open Libraries to learn English and maths, access stories, graphic novels as well as educational and memory games.