Co-op Community Developmental Play Space

The Kinsmen Children's Library inside the Medicine Hat Public Library will soon be home to the Co-op Community Developmental Play Space thanks to a generous $74,300 donation by the Co-op Community Spaces Grant. The Play Space is set to open early in 2020.

June 2019

During our South Country Co-op Sponsored BBQ on June 17th 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, one of the only FREE indoor play spaces 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 added. 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.

October 2019

Thank you for bearing with us during the noise and dust that this renovation has caused. We are happy to report that we're on track to complete the Play Space addition without having to close the Children's Library! 

Though you won't have to worry about a closure to your Children's Library, you may still be faced with some frustrations like trying to find the Paw Patrol books, your favourite DVDs, or the new toy area. You may have also noticed that holds on children's DVDs, CDs, and kits are temporarily disabled. With so many of our materials being moved constantly right now, please rely on our staff to help you find the materials you're looking for. 

To stay up-to-date with the renovation progress, watch our Play Space Story Highlight on our Instagram page. For now, take a look at some of our progress photos below.