Changes in the Children’s Room!

You may have noticed some changes happening in the Children’s Room lately. New toys, a change in furniture and some new programming. This is because the Attleboro Public Library was recently awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) “Mind in the Making” grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

With this grant, we are able to provide an enhanced play area and new programs aimed at early learning and social interaction among children and their caregivers. Caregiver workshops are intended to give parents and early childhood educators fresh ideas about how to support the needs of young children. Upcoming events include “Opening a World of Words” on Wednesday, May 23rd and “PLAY is the Job of Children” on Thursday, June 28th.

You will notice that the toys will have rotating themes—Camping, Construction & Under the Sea. These popular themes lend themselves to lots of pretend play and vocabulary building. The toys will change monthly, with each month focused on one of the themes.

We are starting a weekly “Mobile Makerspace” on Saturdays. The Makerspace will supply different materials each week for you and your child to experiment with in any way you want. This opportunity to create together is intended for children ages 3-6 years and their adults.

The Mobile Makerspace, caregiver workshops and new toys are brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners