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Are you looking for something fun to do with your preschooler or young elementary student that helps with early learning? Check out one of our 25 to take home for three weeks. Each kit is chock full of books, games, puzzles, toys, and activities relating to a particular theme. We have a wide variety of themes, such as “Alike and Different,” “Circus,” “Dinosaurs,” “Family,” “Ocean/Seashore,” “Shapes,” and “Space” for families to borrow.
“The PAL kits were designed for a parent to use alongside their child,” explained Rosalie Dugranrut who was the driving force behind the development of the kits back in the 1990s. Neurological research has shown that brain development in young children increases through interactive play between parent or caregiver and child. The PAL Kits made interactive play easy for a parent with everything pre-planned and ready to go. Dugranrut, who served cumulatively for 32 years on the Cambridge City Public Library board, has always had a passion for helping children learn.
“Way back when, we were trying to do something for the children.” Dugranrut explained. She and an educator at Western Wayne Schools who worked with parents decided to apply for a grant through Eli Lilly. They heard about learning kits that a sorority had sponsored at the Morrison Reeves Library in Richmond. They went to Richmond to look at the kits and decided to implement them for Cambridge City. The school had some funds to put toward the project, and they were awarded a Community Guidance for Youth Grant from Eli Lilly to develop Play and Learn Kits.
It took them two to three years to assemble all of the kits. Dugranrut said that initially the kits were stored at the elementary school, but they made a decision early on to place them at the public library so that it would be easier for more families to access the kits. They publicized the kits in a school wide newsletter that went out to all of the families with children in school. Dugranrut said that “…it was a lot of work, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. We had fun building the kits.” This past year, now-retired Library Assistant Joy Lowder has refreshed and refurbished all of the kits, making sure they had all of their parts, so they are ready and waiting for YOUR family to check out and enjoy.
Children’s Librarian Kim Scott is reading stories for children on our Facebook page. Tune in on Tuesdays in October at 2:30 p.m. to our Facebook page to see the new story.
Congratulations to Kodah Brower, (pictured below), for completing the library's "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" challenge!
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