Main Street Hopkins: an early literacy play area
Young children at the Hopkins Library now have their own Main Street where they can explore a fire truck, "plant" a garden, visit a farmer's market, explore a park, have a picnic, and enjoy other fun activities that develop pre-reading skills.
This new area creates a welcoming space for the library's youngest customers and was specially designed to stimulate skills children need to acquire before they begin to learn to read.
"Main Street Hopkins" for children was funded as part of a National Leadership Planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Hennepin County Library, Dakota County Library, St. Paul Public Library, and the Minnesota Children's Museum partnered on this IMLS grant to create model early literacy environments to promote child/caregiver interactions.