Monday, July 08, 2019 Allison Denny

The Friends & Foundation of the Arlington Public Library, a 501c3 nonprofit support organization for the Arlington Public Library System, received a $50,000 grant from Women Inspiring Philanthropy for children’s services at the Downtown Library.  The contribution helped fund the following:

  • Indoor family “play wall” in the Play Room of the children’s area
  • Parenting/special needs collection materials
  • Programming equipment for Movement Time (tumbling mats, balancing toys, tunnels, etc.) and STEAM (microscopes, wind tunnel, math manipulatives, etc.)
  • Parent Empowerment and Advocacy Series

Families utilize the free play space at Arlington’s Downtown Library and enjoy the benefits to their children’s development. Providing a space for open-ended play allows children to socialize, build gross and fine motor skills, and cultivate their imaginations.  Through early childhood programming, parents and caregivers learn about the importance of movement for their child and how it impacts brain development, physical health, and mental well-being and how to implement it in their own lives.

Preschool STEM Programs combine a child’s natural curiosity with early exposure to math, science, and engineering concepts. Exposure to these concepts in an exploratory environment fosters interest and conceptual understanding and lays a foundation for learning in the educational setting.

Parent Advocacy Information Sessions, held between January and May 2019, provided a forum for caregivers to receive information regarding child development, health, advocacy, and care; learn about community resources; build relationships with experts; and network with other parents.

Click here to learn more about children's services at the Downtown Library.