Thanks to a grant received from the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Heritage Public Library has been able to make a sizable purchase of Montessori-level toys and games to add to its collection. The goal of adding these items is to better provide high-quality programming and support families as they strive to raise children to be curious and embrace life-long learning.
Items purchased included books for very young children and toys specifically designed to enhance tactile learning, abstract thinking, exploration, and group play. These are areas seen as necessary to further learning of skills for jobs of the future - especially STEM occupations.
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Items in Heritage's new Play & Grow Toy Library have been extremely well received. Used in storytime sessions, they've already been proven highly useful in introducing new concepts and promoting curiosity followed by the engagement of some of the most timid children.
Outside of storytime, the toys and games are available for use at any time by anybody - and they are really popular! We already have people coming in specifically to explore what we have and then enhance that learning by taking home books that help reinforce what the children learned while playing.