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Farmer’s Market Family Early Learning & Literacy Play Space opens at Carnegie West Branch of Cleveland Public Library

PHOTO BY DEBBIE SADLON Saturday, September 12, 2015; Carnegie West Library’s Family Learning & Literacy Play Space, 1900 Fulton Road: A new mural by Cleveland artist Jamilla Naji now adorns the wall in the library’s toy room.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE SADLON
Saturday, September 12, 2015; Carnegie West Library’s Family Learning & Literacy Play Space, 1900 Fulton Road: A new mural by Cleveland artist Jamilla Naji now adorns the wall in the library’s toy room.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE SADLON Saturday, September 12, 2015; Carnegie West Library’s Family Learning & Literacy Play Space, 1900 Fulton Road: The Farmer’s Market Truck with open boxes awaiting vegetables harvested from the garden.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE SADLON
Saturday, September 12, 2015; Carnegie West Library’s Family Learning & Literacy Play Space, 1900 Fulton Road: The Farmer’s Market Truck with open boxes awaiting vegetables harvested from the garden.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE SADLON Saturday, September 12, 2015; Carnegie West Library’s Family Learning & Literacy Play Space, 1900 Fulton Road: The chicken coop is one of the farm stations where children can gather eggs and take them to the farmers market.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE SADLON
Saturday, September 12, 2015; Carnegie West Library’s Family Learning & Literacy Play Space, 1900 Fulton Road: The chicken coop is one of the farm stations where children can gather eggs and take them to the farmers market.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE SADLON Saturday, September 12, 2015; Carnegie West Library’s Family Learning & Literacy Play Space, 1900 Fulton Road: Brooke King points out some of vegetables in the farmers’ market truck to her son Oscar Fraunfelder, age 4. Oscar, spent the morning planting and harvesting the plastic vegetables in the Farmers’ Market Garden and retrieving eggs from the chicken coop.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE SADLON
Saturday, September 12, 2015; Carnegie West Library’s Family Learning & Literacy Play Space, 1900 Fulton Road: Brooke King points out some of vegetables in the farmers’ market truck to her son Oscar Fraunfelder, age 4. Oscar, spent the morning planting and harvesting the plastic vegetables in the Farmers’ Market Garden and retrieving eggs from the chicken coop.

(Plain Press, October 2015) The Cleveland Public Library and the Friends of the Cleveland Public Library held a ribbon cutting on August 14th for “Farmer’s Market: Carnegie West Family Early Learning & Literacy Play Space” at the Carnegie West Library, 1900 Fulton Road. The new exhibit was made possible through a donation from Ohio Savings Bank, a division of New York Community Bank.

The Farmer’s Market features a farmer’s truck going to market, a chicken coop, and a planting field, preparing youngsters for identifying, sorting and counting produce. These permanent tools are embedded with elements that get kids ready to read and allow for experiential learning through play. Along the way, children will increase their vocabulary, reading, problem solving, counting and storytelling skills.

In addition to the Farmer’s Market, the Carnegie West Branch Library also redesigned its toy room. Murals in the toy room designed by Cleveland artist Jamilla Naji are designed to connect children to literacy and learning. The interactive play space is especially designed for infants and toddlers.

A visit to the Carnegie West Branch on September 12th found four-year-old Oscar Fraunfelder fully engaged in using the Farmer’s Market exhibit. While his mother Brooke King explained where the various vegetables should be planted, Oscar piled them in his basket and put vegetables in the proper rows next to their names in the planting field. King also explained to her son that the eggs from the chicken coop do not get planted in the ground.

Oscar had also made use of the toy room. He showed Plain Press reporters some of the toys he made – a space ship, a skateboard, and a robot.

Editor’s Note: The Carnegie West Branch of the Cleveland Public Library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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2 thoughts on “Farmer’s Market Family Early Learning & Literacy Play Space opens at Carnegie West Branch of Cleveland Public Library

  1. Who fabricated the exhibit?

    Posted by Ian | October 15, 2015, 4:10 pm
    • Hi Ian — here is a response to your question from Erin Davis of Friends of Cleveland Public Library
      Good morning, Mr. Hoven –

      With a desire to connect to important assets in the surrounding neighborhood such as the Westside Market and sustainable urban agriculture, Cleveland Public Library designed the Carnegie West Family Early Learning & Literacy Play Space to appeal to the youngest neighbors themselves with concepts they already recognize. Staff from CPL carefully selected the exhibit equipment from RedBox Workshop, an interactive exhibit fabrication company. In consultation with the branch staff, additional shelving was added to the exhibits to expand book displays and ensure children had good visual access to the reading and pre-reading materials. Local artist Jamilla Naji rounded out the space with large scale, literacy-based murals inspired by elements found throughout the neighborhood.

      If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

      Thank you,
      Erin Davis, Friends of the Cleveland Public Library

      Posted by plainpress | October 23, 2015, 2:54 pm

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