Come Play at the Library


Tractor at the library. Design credit: Burgeon Group.Play to Learn

Have you visited the San Carlos Library recently? If not, you're in for a surprise. Not only has the entire library undergone a renovation, but the Children's Room is now home to two custom designed, interactive learning playspaces. These installations were inspired by the understanding that children learn through play, and they invite children to explore, think, and discover. Conceptualized by Burgeon Group design studio, these pieces have been much loved by the children (and adults!) of San Carlos since their unveiling in January, and for good reason.

Children playing with the mural. Design credit: Burgeon Group.Flora, Fauna, and Field Mice

Using the height measuring tool. Design credit: Burgeon Group.

At the entrance to the room, visitors will find a colorful California wildflower-themed wall mural with a variety of features to explore. Children can create words with the wordmaker, measure their height in units of mice and beans, or turn the wheel to follow the lifecycle of an orange. There are moving gears to watch, number puzzles to solve, textures to match, and real resin-cast insects to observe.

Trek to the Tractor

Children playing with the tractor. Design credit: Burgeon Group.If you're able to peel yourself away from the mural, venture further into the Children's Room to find another surprise: a bright orange tractor with engraved nursery rhymes, games, magnets, mirrors, a worm theater, and not just one, but two steering wheels! To accompany the tractor, children can visit the magnetic farm play area just a few steps away.

Check Us Out!

We are thrilled be able to share these spectacular new pieces with the public, and are especially thankful to the Friends of San Carlos Library for so generously funding these additions. We hope these pieces will become a part of our young visitors' treasured memories, and that they will look forward to discovering something new on each visit. Come play with us!


Author Bio:

Michelle L. is the Youth Services Librarian at San Carlos Library. Sometimes she drives the tractor when no one's looking.

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