FRAMINGHAM – Babies, toddlers, young children, and parents alike eagerly awaited for the red ribbon to be cut so that they could enter the new Early Literary Playspace at the main Framingham Public Library on Saturday, August 5. Though it was raining heavily outside, no one let the weather put a damper on the event.
The new Playspace, intended for children ages 0-5, is part a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant awarded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
According to Jennifer Rosenberg, the Assistant Supervisor of Children’s Services, the Mind in the Making grant that helped fund this project was focused on a commitment to Early Literacy to the entire Framingham community.
The Mind in the Making grant is named after a book of the same title. That book teaches how kids start to learn from birth as they grow and develop. The Playspace used these ideas to teach parents how to interact with their children and help them learn.
“Play is a child’s first school, and parents are their first teachers,” said Rosenberg.
Each activity/ area featured in the Playspace has laminated instructions next to it that explains how parents and children can interact with that activity. The instructions are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
After the adults cut the symbolic red ribbon, children were welcome to cut the rest of the red ribbon with safety scissors and the assistance of a parent. Their excitement was tangible.
The Playspace is now open to the public during regular library hours. Children of all ages are welcome to play.
Selectmen Chair Cheryl Tully Stoll spoke at the the library ribbon cutting on Saturday.
Photo by Shauna Golden