The Rock Garden, an early literacy play space for children ages 0-5 with a caregiver, is open whenever PPL is open!
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Designed for children from birth to five years, the play space offers an environment that encourages early childhood literacy with books, toys, a puppet stage, and comfy furniture. The area will also host a collection of parenting materials and examples of literacy activities that can easily be replicated at home.
Research points to the critical importance of play for young children, particularly play that involves language and imagination. Recognizing the need in our community for promoting early childhood literacy, Youth Services staff at PPL developed the idea for a literacy-rich destination for young children and their parents.
The project began in December of 2011 when the Friends of the Prescott Public Library set aside $6000 for the development of the play space. In May 2012, PPL was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Agency, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provides federal money to help libraries develop central roles as community builders. In Arizona, the funding is administered by the Arizona State Library.
The early literacy play space at PPL is known as “The Rock Garden,” because it is situated on the lower level of the library in front of the “Ancient Vistas” canyon mural by Antonio Cocilovo. In keeping with the canyon scene, the soft seating resembles large stones, designed by the owner of Prescott Upholstery, Richard Soto.
For more information, contact Martha Baden, Library Manager, Public Services, at 777.1519.