Early Lit Bits: KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces

This past year, the Krause Memorial branch opened a KDLville early literacy play space. Although Krause has for years offered a variety of activities for children to do in the library, our revamped play space now features a writing center, a puppet stage, a play kitchen, a dress-up area, and a wide variety of small hands-on activities that allow children to learn through play and develop language and social skills. Kids have been especially fond of our train table, our doll house, our Lego play sets, our puppet stage stocked with Folkmanis puppets, and our dramatic play kitchen and diner. 

At the writing center this past month, kids have been writing and “mailing” letters to Katie L., telling her what they love best about the library. We are featuring these letters on our bulletin board! It’s a delight to see our play space so well-loved and used. KDLville has been a huge success at Krause, and we love seeing many families coming here every week. We are hoping that our space will continue to be an essential part of the lives of people in the Rockford community.


This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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