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Broward County Libraries' Active Learning Center Now Open
  
- Free educational play space for babies and toddlers now open at Main Library -
  
DATE: July 5, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division

PHONE
: 954-357-7402
EMAIL: cmcelrath@broward.org

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Broward County Libraries' new Active Learning Center (ALC) is open and ready for our community's babies and toddlers! Located on the second floor of Main Library, 100 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, the ALC is a free, educationally rich children's play space that provides developmentally appropriate play activities to promote school readiness in children from birth to five years old. The ALC is free and open to the public.

Designed to look like a seaside village, the ALC provides children the opportunity to cook and clean in the playhouse, shop at miniature stores, play on a boat in a Big Blue Ocean, cuddle sea animals in Baby Bay, ride a train downtown, perform shows on a stage and explore countless bins of books and building and play materials.

"Play is the work that children do each day," says Lisa McClure, Broward County Libraries Community Engagement Manager and the ALC project leader. "The Active Learning Center helps children play their way to school success. As the foremost free resource for early learning, Broward County Library is dedicated to increasing learning outcomes in the community."

The free-flowing model village allows children to develop flexible strategies for creative play as they experiment, interact, try new items and problem solve. Parents and caregivers can look for teachable moments, asking open-ended questions that build imagination and understanding. Because family interaction drives learning, parents/caregivers are asked to please keep cell phones packed away and share the play time. All items and furnishings in the Active Learning Center are carefully chosen for optimum safety and interest. 

The Active Learning Center is open six days a week, closing each day one hour before the Main Library closes: Monday,Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10AM to 5PM and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 to 7PM. Children up to five years old and accompanied by a parent or caregiver are welcome. 

Groups and preschools with children birth to five may contact the library at 954-357-7444 to arrange special group visits. Early learning educators may request a special hands-on training, "Interactive Manipulative Use in the Early Learning Classroom,"through the Community Engagement section, at 954-357-7336.

The Broward County Library Active Learning Center has been developed by the library in collaboration with the Broward Public Library Foundation, through the generous support of the Eugenie Suter fund, and with additional funding from the BookFellows of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County Library's Community Engagement section.  

About Broward County Libraries Division
Broward County Libraries Division, named 2015 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association, was founded in 1974 and is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 7.5 million walk-in customers visiting its 38 locations annually. Broward County Libraries Division provides convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation. Visit our website, Broward.org/Library, or follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter
  

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