The practice of PLAY is very important to young children in building their early learning and literacy skills! Play can help children better understand the context behind situations and stories, leading to better reading comprehension and symbolic understanding. Play can also help children in navigating new social relationships and communication skills.
At the Fox River Valley Public Libraries, we have many opportunities to play! Many of our programs, particularly for our youngest patrons, encourage free play. The Dundee Library Youth Services Department and Randall Oaks Library both have youth play areas for children to explore, engage and imagine.
Here are some examples of what you might play with at the Dundee Library!
Coloring pages, crafts and rotating activities near the reference desk
Board Games and puzzles
Toy dinosaurs and animals
A dollhouse, furnished with new wood chairs, beds and more
A train set
A LEGO table for building, engineering and imaginative play
A new Velcro wall with many opportunities for curious little ones including various shapes and tubes to engineer different tunnels to toss down different balls, rubber ducks and more!
The Randall Oaks Library also has coloring pages, board games, and AWE computers to enjoy, along with other play areas, including:
An interactive board and scavenger hunts to explore the library
Rotating games and toys, including a LEGO table, dollhouse, train rug, big games, carpenter bench and sand/water table filled with various play items.
We look forward to seeing how you play at the Dundee and Randall Oaks Libraries!