By TRUC PHAN
MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 28, 2013) — A grand opening ceremony for the new Smart Play Spot at Hennepin County Library – Augsburg Park was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, at the library with remarks from Hennepin County Commissioner Randy Johnson, Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson, Friends of the Hennepin County Library Executive Director Brian Herstig and Minnesota Children’s Museum Director of Annual Giving Tanya Cole.
The Smart Play Spot at Hennepin County Library – Augsburg Park is one of 17 early literacy environments created by the Minnesota Children’s Museum in libraries and community centers across Minnesota. It was funded largely by the State of Minnesota, Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, with additional funding from Friends of the Hennepin County Library and Friends of the Hennepin County Library – Augsburg Park. The early literacy environment includes hands-on activities for children, including a bus, bulldozer and farmer’s market.
“Hands-on early literacy environments, including the Smart Play Spot at Augsburg Park Library, encourage children and their caregivers to talk, sing, read, write and play together and help ensure young children enter kindergarten ready to learn,” said Lois Langer Thompson, director of Hennepin County Library. “The partnership between the Library and the Museum, with support from our Friends, has produced a beautiful new space for the Richfield community.”