It’s always exciting when new things to do for kids and families are added to the area! Oshkosh Public Library will open Explorers Grove, a one-of-a-kind learning space for children and families, will be introduced to the public on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm during a Community Open House.
“After four years of planning, design, and construction, we’re thrilled to be celebrating a space dedicated to promoting curiosity, learning, self-expression, and discovery,” said Marie Boleman, Head of Children’s & Family Outreach Services.
Explorers Grove will feature a circle of tree-like structures that span from floor to ceiling, a large animal mural, and a reading bench. There will be a discovery station designed for free play and interactive learning. The setting encourages children and their grownups to play together. Activities will be hands-on activities and changed out periodically. The first set of activities focuses on Wisconsin wildlife and their native ecosystems.
“Research tells us that beginning at birth, children develop literacy and lifelong learning skills when they talk, sing, read, write and play,” Boleman explained. “Explorers Grove is a fun, engaging place that encourages all these things.”
Explorers Grove was made possible through a memorial donation honoring longtime librarian Nancy Jackisch.
“Nancy worked for Oshkosh Public Library for 43 years, serving as a children’s librarian during much of that time, so it’s especially fitting for Explorers Grove to be associated with her legacy and love for learning,” said Boleman.