The Los Angeles Public Library’s West Valley Regional Branch celebrates the launch of a new program featuring a multi-sensory play gym for children ages two and younger.
The branch will host a special kick-off party Tuesday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. featuring guest speakers, giveaways, refreshments and more. Activities will incorporate toys and equipment appropriate for newborns, crawlers and early walkers.
Developed by librarian Mandy Nasr, Story Play @ LAPL is one of five library projects awarded an IDEA[email protected] grant in 2017. The competitive grant, funded by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, is designed to give staff the power to develop new, original and innovative projects that serve the library’s goals and mission. “Playing is an essential component of early development, and creating a gym space with new developmental toys can support a variety of physical, social and cognitive components,” Nasr said.
The weekly program serves as a no-fee alternative for patrons who cannot afford the cost of commercial baby play areas and child centers, while also introducing monthly guest speakers to provide parents and caregivers with child development information, such as health, nutrition, education and financial assistance.
A recipient of the nation’s highest honor for library service—the National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Los Angeles Public Library serves the largest and most diverse urban population of any library in the nation. Its Central Library, 72 branch libraries, collection of more than 6 million books, state-of-the-art technology accessible here, and more than 18,000 public programs a year provide everyone with free and easy access to information and the opportunity for life-long learning.
West Valley Regional Branch Library
19036 Vanowen Street
Reseda, CA 91335
Hours: Mon: 10-8, Tue: 10-8, Wed: 10-8, Thu: 10-8, Fri: 9:30-5:30
Sat: 9:30-5:30, Sun: 1-5