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Become A Child Author With The Library’s Book Builder



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Children have the chance to design and publish their own books thanks to the Book Builder program, now offered through the C.H. Booth Library.

Book Builder is a cloud-based software program by Varidigm Technologies that allows users to create a custom book from home. Varidigm Technologies, a family-owned business based in Newtown, is led by residents Wendy and Craig Holden. The couple, along with Mr Holden’s brother, Keith, developed Book Builder.

“We believe it is essential for kids to learn how to think using logic as well as creativity and imagination, so we created Book Builder, software designed to inspire young minds,” Ms Holden said.

The program is accessible for those that have a library card through the C.H. Booth Library. Parents can make a free Book Builder account for their child by visiting chboothlibrary.org, then clicking the At the Library tab and selecting Children’s Reading Programs.

From there, children can lay out their book’s pages by writing in text boxes and choosing from a variety of options for illustrations, including uploading original artwork/photos or utilizing the program’s library of images.

“The program is best used in Google Chrome and a tutorial and help menu can be found on the site for assistance,” Ms Holden explained.

When the young authors have finished their book, it can be printed out as a PDF for free or sent out to be professionally bound as a softcover or hardcover edition for a fee.

“Everybody has stories to tell…” Ms Holden said. “[Book Builder] gives children the freedom to express themselves by putting their thoughts and ideas into words and pictures.

“It allows children the opportunity to use technology in a fun way to develop their story telling abilities; enhance their visualization skills; improve their reading, writing, and organization skills; develop their artistic talents; and let their personalities shine through.”

Children’s Librarian Alana Bennison added, “It’s a great way for kids to get creative and have the satisfaction of doing something on their own.”

Mr Bennison thanks Newtown residents Wendy and Craig Holden for offering the program as a resource to the C.H. Booth Library for the library’s members to enjoy.

For more information about the Book Builder program, visit chboothlibrary.org.

The C.H. Booth Library now offers Book Builder, a free program for children and adults with a library card where they can write, illustrate, and publish their own custom books; as seen here in a hard and softcover version. —Bee Photo, Silber
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