Ramsey County Library is excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant to enhance the Children’s Reading Garden at Roseville through the Minnesota Department of Education and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Since the building reopened in July of 2010, hundreds of families have enjoyed the garden. “Families are interested in outdoor spaces for children to play and interact with nature. They read on the benches, run through the prairie area and have lunch on the café tables after story time,” says Nicole Brinkman, Children's Librarian at Roseville, “The garden is also used to host the free summer meals for youth ages 18 and younger in partnership with St. Paul Public Schools.”
In order to expand our outdoor play activities for families and children, the grant will fund permanent interactives to be installed in the garden that incorporate STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) concepts.
Research has shown many benefits of spending time outdoors and Ramsey County Library provides safe and engaging outdoor spaces for families to explore and play at most of our branches. The new garden features at Roseville will enhance programming and are expected to be installed by fall. Come explore your senses, move and play outside at the library in Roseville.