You’re Never Too Old for Transliteracy: Virginia and Her iPad

CNET puts the spotlight on how the iPad is more than just “shiny” with this story of Virginia Campbell, a 99 year old woman in Lake Oswego, Oregon, who is using her iPad to once again enjoy reading and share her poetry.    Ms. Campbell, who suffers glaucoma that impacts her vision, is once again able to interact with the written word and to compose her own verses.

While this story does not involve a library, it speaks to the possibilities of how circulating devices like an iPad can transform the lives and literacy practices of our elderly patrons, particularly those who cannot afford these devices. What if libraries even offered “home delivery” to patrons who are shut in and may not physically be able to come to the library to check out an iPad?

You can read more about Virginia’s story here and see the video below:

10 Responses to “You’re Never Too Old for Transliteracy: Virginia and Her iPad”

  1. psychic reading Says:

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  2. Session Three: Tools for Transliteracy Says:

    […] Virginia and Her iPad (almost 100-year old woman reads again and publishes poems thanks to her iPad) […]

  3. Nouveau_Librarian Says:

    One reason I love devices like i-pad is because one day, I’ll be old, too.

    But I really came here because I was thinking how much easier library instruction would be if we could all carry a glass of wine around with us!

  4. Библиотеки и молодёжь » iPad изменяет жизнь Says:

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  5. Katie Tam Says:

    If you were patient enough to hold out on the wave of iPad releases, and if you specifically wanted to grab a 3G-capable model, then today is probably already clearly marked on your calendar. That’s because it’s April 30th, the official release date of the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G in the U.S.

  6. Sue Hansen Says:

    Glad to do so, I am also sharing this on http://lifelongliteracy-libroccer.blogspot.com

  7. theunquietlibrary Says:

    Sue, thank you for helping us share this inspiring story!

    Buffy Hamilton

  8. Sue Hansen Says:

    I am sharing this on my blog and hoping libraries do this !!!

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  10. Transliteracy for Every Age: The Power of the iPad « The Unquiet Librarian Says:

    […] for Every Age: The Power of the iPad Check out my latest post over at Libraries and Transliteracy!  The story of Virginia and her iPad is one of the most inspiring and transformative stories […]


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