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Kids area at library gets boost

Children’s blocks are part of the educational materials received recently through a grant by the Middlesex County Public Library. Above, Mason Welsh adds a foam block to the tower that was built at the conclusion of the Story Hour at the Urbanna Branch on Monday. Waiting to add their pieces are Rowan Anderson and Maddie Ritter. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

Both branches of the Middlesex County Public Library recently received educational games and toys for use in the library building through a Library Services and Technology Grant from the Library of Virginia.

Urbanna’s current children’s theme is “bugs,” and Deltaville’s is “food.” Blocks, magnetic boards, puzzles, puppets, alphabet toys, book display racks and more are part of the new educational collection, said library executive director Sherry Inabinet. “We encourage parents to come in with their preschoolers to enjoy these wonderful materials together and then to check out some great books,” she said. 

All grant materials are designed to assist with early learning skills that are important in the “learning to read” process. “Our library is blessed to have these materials at each branch,” said Inabinet. “Only selected libraries received these resources.”

The Middlesex Library will exchange themes with other selected public libraries, so there will be a new selection of materials twice a year and the themes will vary. 

These are materials geared to promoting early childhood learning, Inabinet explained. The hope is that parents/caregivers and children will enjoy these educational toys together. “We welcome small play groups and day cares to visit as a group and enjoy the toys,” she said.

Inabinet asks parents to help their children take care of the educational materials. “We are accountable for the materials, and we must take care of them, and we seek your assistance in doing this. All materials have a specified storage space. Please help your child put away each component in the appropriate space,” she said.

posted 01.26.2011

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