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During our South Country Co-op Sponsored BBQ on June 17, 2019 we announced that early in the New Year we will be unveiling a brand new children's library complete with a developmental play space. This project, the only FREE indoor play space in our community, will be completed thanks to a generous $74,300 Co-op Community Spaces grant.
When the project is complete, the children's library will be furnished with a play structure, interactive wall panels, activity stations where learning, building, and exploring will happen, plus new toys, costumes and puppets will be purchased. These additions will benefit the preschool-aged children we serve but we haven't forgotten about the older kids. A tween area will be furnished with a giant tablet and STEM activities.
You may be asking why we would embark on such a project. The answer is simple: Research shows that children learn best when a multi-faceted approach to learning is taken. Combining imaginative play and physical play along with reading is best for the development of our youngsters. Not to mention, we anticipate that families will visit the Library in droves (especially in the dead of winter) to play in our space. Having an increase in young visitors will help us reach our goal of raising lifelong library users.
For making our dream a reality, we owe a giant THANK YOU to Co-op! If you'd like to join us in showing your appreciate to this great, community-minded organization, we encourage you to buy your groceries in their grocery stores, fill you tank at their gas stations, purchase your liquor at their liquor stores, and get your farm/agro products at the agro stores. Find a list of South Country Co-op stores here.
If you're an adult reading this and wondering what we're doing to improve your library experience: Don't worry, you're next on our project list.
To learn more about the Co-op Community Spaces grant and to see what other projects they've funded in 2019, click here.
On October 18, 2016 we had a celebration at the Library to honour the generous contribution made by TD Canada Trust to our theatre renovation project.
TD, a frequent sponsor of literacy initiatives, donated $50,000 to the project. We are so thankful for their contribution to this beloved community meeting space.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of CIRA's Community Investment Program in launching our Raspberry Pis and Kids coding project. Thanks to this support we were able to purchase Raspberry Pi educational computers, along with add ons like cameras, sensors, LED displays, gas sensors and wiring kits to teach kids the basics of computer programming through hands on learning and real world projects.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority aims to build a better online Canada and we are happy to partner with them to proactively increase digital literacy in the youth of Medicine Hat.
We would like to acknowledge these generous folks for donating to the Library in 2018.
Thank you to the following people for helping us meet our 2017 fundraising goal by purchasing a theatre seat plaque.