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The Learning Curve at the Central Library
Posted by :Megan NoelPosted date : January 12, 2015In
There was always something special about going to the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis when I was growing up. The giant building and seemingly never ending shelves of books were always amazing, but after renovation in 2007, the Central Library has become even more awe-inspiring than ever before.
A great feature of the Central Library is The Learning Curve section, nearly an entire floor dedicated to children’s literature. The location of this section is great because it means that, while we encourage our children to use “library voices”, if they don’t it’s ok because they won’t be disturbing any adult visitors. The Learning Curve is specifically designed for children and has inviting reading spaces and engaging activities scattered throughout. There are reading pods that allow children to watch a story being read aloud, a green screen and stage for acting out scenes, a baby area with toys, activity wall, and sound board, and a number of computers with age appropriate games.
In addition, every Friday morning at 11:00 the library offers “Storytime in the Curve!” which is an interactive experience complete with songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and stories for children from birth-preschool age. We were lucky to learn about polar animals the day we attended, comparing the North and South Poles at an age appropriate level. Following each storytime is a related craft, as well.
If you haven’t visited the Central Library’s Learning Curve get there ASAP! There’s even a café with light refreshments in case you get hungry.
Megan Noel, veteran educator with 10 years of teaching experience and a PhD in Early Childhood Education, enjoys researching childhood through the eyes of her two young children, while writing about her family’s adventures on IndywithKids.com. She welcomes questions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on Twitter - @EtDrnkandBMegan and learn more about me professionally here: www.linkedin.com/pub/megan-noel/61/b18/a20/