The Roswell Public Library now features a three-part Play and Learn Area designed to teach young children literacy skills, social skills and an appreciation for Roswell.
The Play and Learn Area, for children from infant to kindergarten and including text in both English and Spanish, features three interactive sections. There are a water theme and car theme in the main area of the library’s Children’s Area and a section in the Malone Room (part of the Children’s Area) that celebrates Roswell’s connections to space travel, the arts and agriculture among other things. Each section, which includes some Roswell-related items, offers children the chance to play with various gadgets – things that turn, spin, slide, open and close, and more – while sharing with their parents and other family members the experience of learning about the different topics included throughout the Play and Learn Area.
This new feature will help the library staff make the library a welcoming destination and provide everyday space for families to experience high-quality learning through hands-on engagement opportunities. The Play and Learn Area is an element that helps make the library more than a repository for books. By providing interactive activities such as this, the library intends to be a place promoting school readiness for young children preparing to enter the classroom or having their initial school experiences.
Designed and built by the Phoenix-based Burgeon Group, a firm dedicated to interactive learning spaces in public libraries, the Play and Learn Area was funded by state general obligation bonds for library projects along with contributions from the Roswell Library Foundation.
The Play and Learn Area at the Roswell Public Library (301 N. Pennsylvania Ave.) was installed and opened to the public in mid-April. A formal grand opening ceremony is tentatively scheduled for April 30 during the library’s Dia de los Niños celebration.