Many rural branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) will now offer themed toy bins for families to enjoy. Thanks to the Sarah Badgley Literacy Fund for Rural Ontario Children, KFPL received $500 to develop the toy bins for the Arden, Mountain Grove, Parham, and Sharbot Lake Branches.
According to a release from the KFPL, research shows that play is pivotal to a child’s development. Allowing children more opportunities to play in the library will help them develop cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally, the library stated. Providing quality toys for children to experience also allows parents and children to see the library as a social play destination.
“We know that play is critical for all kids, everywhere, and that many children have faced barriers to this important aspect of their development during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Brianne Peters, Librarian, Children’s Services. “We are eager to increase access to play for all of our patrons so kids in Kingston Frontenac can thrive.”
According to the release, KFPL carefully selected toys from a locally owned Kingston store, The Rocking Horse, including vehicles, blocks, and finger puppets.
Dr. Kerry Badgley and Sue Badgley established the Sarah Badgley Literacy Fund for Rural Ontario Children in 2002 in memory of their daughter. Since its inception, more than 75 Ontario public libraries have received grants from the fund, administered through the Ontario Library Association.