Thursday, January 10, 2013
Little ones flock to the library’s children’s area each day.
Young ones filled the Hopkins Library’s children’s area Wednesday. In one corner, a boy “cooked” plastic vegetables on a pretend grill. In the center, two boys—one wearing a backwards fireman’s helmet—arranged magnetic gears. Throughout the space, children read books, played with letters and let their imaginations run wild. Wednesday wasn’t exceptional, though. Nearly two years after it was created, the children’s area remains a big draw. Children and their caretakers—moms, dads, grandparents, daycare providers, nannies and more—flock to the space each day for play and learning. “It’s a real magnet,” Senior Librarian Lisa Bjerken said. The children’s area got its start in July 2010 as a pilot project with the Children’s Museum. The idea …
Sunday, February 26, 2012
The event was a fundraiser for the Hopkins Early Childhood Parental Advisory Council.
Enthusiastic families crowded in to the Harley Hopkins Family Center on Saturday for a “Kiddie Karnival” specifically for young children. Children enjoyed games, face painting, arts and crafts, music, story times and more. The event was a fundraiser for the The Hopkins Early Childhood Parental Advisory Council, which advocates to the school board on behalf of families with preschool-aged children.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Saturday's event is a fundraiser for the Hopkins Early Childhood Parental Advisory Council.
Parents of young children won’t have to travel far to find fun for their little ones this weekend. The Hopkins Early Childhood Parental Advisory Council is hosting its annual “Kiddie Karnival” from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at the Harley Hopkins Family Center (125 Monroe Ave. S.). The Kiddie Karnival is uniquely tailored to the young ages served by Hopkins’ early childhood program. There will be games, face painting, arts and crafts, music, story times, dancing and an obstacle course. Hance Ace Hardware will host a room where kids can let loose their inner builders. And Curious Minds, which brings science to young children, will be there. “It’s for the littles,” said Chris Polston—chairman of The Hopkins Early Childhood Parental Advisory…