PHOTOS: Library Holds Grand Opening For Its Early Literacy Child PlaySpace

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.

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Photo by Shauna Golden

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Shauna Golden

Since she was little, Shauna knew that she wanted a career in a field that would allow her to practice her love of writing on a daily basis. While attending Framingham High School, Shauna took several journalism and television production classes. It was during her experience in those classes that Shauna recognized her dream of becoming a journalist one day. She graduated from Framingham High School in May 2014. Now, at 21-years-old, Shauna is a rising senior at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. She is studying journalism with a minor in French language. Shauna hopes to use her passion for writing to better the world one day. She has a drive for delivering news and using all forms of journalism (print, digital, and broadcast) to deliver those stories. Shauna is expected to graduate from Quinnipiac University in December 2017. After graduation, she looks forward to entering the communications field and continuing to learn and grow both as a journalist, and as a person.

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