Laconia Public Library is thrilled to announce the addition of several play-based learning areas in the Children’s Room, made possible by NH State Library ARPA grant funding. These fun spaces are designed to spark imagination and encourage child-directed exploration, all in an effort to increase school readiness. Newly acquired items include a play market and kitchen with accessories galore; a LEGO building station; a train table; a wooden shopping cart that makes book browsing extra fun; puzzles; discovery boxes for learning and sorting colors; wooden animals; magna-tiles; and, tons of blocks! Story Times have also seen enhancements with the addition of individual seating, and an easel complete with felt board and magnetic letters.
Laconia Public Library Board Chairman, John Moriarty, notes, “Imagination and exploration have always been celebrated and supported in the Children’s Room with its juvenile collections and literacy programming. The addition of quality educational toys provides even greater opportunity for young minds to learn and grow.”
“New Hampshire’s strong relationship with its public libraries was made even more evident during the past two years, when librarians and their staffs were able to adjust services nimbly in order to continue to meet the needs of their communities,” said N.H. State Librarian Michael York. “The innovative programs funded by these grants will continue to strengthen not only public library services, but also the communities in which the libraries reside.”
“As pillars of our communities, libraries and museums bring people together by providing important programs, services and collections. These institutions are trusted spaces where people can learn, explore and grow,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “IMLS is proud to support their initiatives through our grants as they educate and enhance their communities.”
This grant was funded through the Institute for Museum and Library Services’ “Grants to States” program, which is part of the American Rescue Act Plan of 2021 and is being facilitated by the N.H. State Library.