As a part of my graduate assistantship with EdLab, I am researching and imagining possibilities for the creation of a play space for young children in the Learning Theater.
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In conversations with Luke and Brian, the concept for a cognitively enriching indoor environment has evolved into a "reading nook" that makes use of our library's stellar children's book collection and could function as an area for kids to play while their parents attend a Learning Theater event.
I began by researching existing library, bookstore, and classroom spaces that combine reading, technology, early literacy skills, sensorimotor activities, and imaginative play.
The Evanston Public Library in Illinois
PS 94 in the Bronx
Cardiff Library in California
Kid's Republic Bookstore in Beijing
9 3/4 Bookstore in Colombia
Interactive projection walls are put to great use by children's museums and libraries.
Kongsberg Public Library in Norway
"Connected Worlds" at the NY Hall of Science
Reading nooks on Pinterest are full of little tents, kid-size "hiding" spaces, and hanging chairs.
Brian suggested creating a magical zone for kids surrounding a glowing tree like the "Prayer Tree" from the movie Avatar. I love this idea, which reminded me of a Burning Man camp installation of hanging streamers that I really enjoyed. Plus, you can buy an LED Willow Tree online!
"Comfort and Joy" Camp at Burning Man
A similar children's reading nook at Dokk1 Public Library in Denmark
Giant glowing flowers in Seoul
The concept of a forest-themed reading nook turned out to be really appealing and cozy.
The campfire experience would be complete with a hanging moon lamp!
Also, I love glowing furniture.
If you have any other avenues of inquiry to suggest, please let me know in the comments!
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