Early Lit Bits: KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces — Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch

The KDLville play space in the Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch opened just before our busiest time — Summer Reading 2012. The kickoff on May 15 was a wonderful way to celebrate early literacy and get kids excited to visit the library. KDLville has continued to attract our youngest patrons with exciting activities that encourage the five early literacy practices of talking, writing, singing, playing and reading. It is amazing to watch the way parents engage with their little ones while they make an imaginary meal, put on a puppet show or play with the many games in KDLville. Whether using stringing beads, wooden blocks or rhyme-and-find bean bags, conversation abounds!

Themes and activities vary by season. This fall we are celebrating nature with woodland animals. As you walk into KDLville, make sure to “measure up” to our giant ruler — see which woodland animal you can reach! Match up the animal pictures with the close-up of their eyes on Katie’s footprints back to our play area. Color a fall leaf at our writing center to add to the giant tree in our reading nook. See if you can find all five baby elephants and their special words in our play area — what letter do the words start with?

If you’re out exploring, head north to Kent District Library’s very own big red barn in Sand Lake. Stop in for a visit and enjoy special time with your little ones in KDLville! 


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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