The Hoyt Lakes Public Library (ALS), Ogilvie Independent School District (ECRL), and St. Paul Public Library (MELSA) are eligible for a maximum award of $5,000 in the Expanded Learning through Libraries category. These mini grant projects will support activity-based partnerships between schools and libraries to help connect students with meaningful out of school time opportunities that improve literacy and academic achievement.
The Play and Learn Space mini-grants will establish or enhance engaging and welcoming spaces for children ages 0-8 and their caregivers in public libraries. Each Play and Learn Space offers a variety of play activities that support early learners’ growth and exploration across the six domains of Minnesota’s Early Childhood Indicators of Progress. Successful applicants include:
- Anoka County Library (MELSA)
- Carver County Library System (MELSA)
- Dakota County Library (MELSA)
- East Central Regional Library (ECRL)
- Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL)
- North Mankato Taylor Library (TdSLC)
- South St. Paul Public Library (MELSA)
- Stillwater Public Library (MELSA)
- Waseca-LeSueur Regional Library System (TdSLC)
- Washington County Library (MELSA)
Here is an example of the type of activities being undertaken for Play and Learn Space projects by CRPLSA members, ECRL and LARL:
ECRL – A new play and learn space at the Cambridge Library, tying into the city’s motto, “Minnesota’s Opportunity Community” will be created.
LARL – Comfortable furniture for caregivers and children, child-sized furniture, and interactive toys will create a play and family friendly space for the children’s area at the new Bagley Public Library.