Babies have a safe new place to hang out at the Fort Saskatchewan library.
 
An excited group of parents, kids and library representatives were on hand Thursday (Apr.12) to celebrate the opening of the library’s new Baby Play Zone. The renovated play area features toys, soft floor cushioning, a colourful mural and a tot-friendly play structure for babies to crawl on.
 
The new play area will make the library more accessible for the youngest of children.
 
“We really want to focus on access here in Fort Saskatchewan, making sure that every group is represented and has a place to go,” said library board chair Renetta Peddle. “This is just a really safe place where the babies aren’t going to hurt themselves and it makes the library really welcoming for all families to come into. There's something for each age group to get involved in.”
 
Graphic designer Adriana Cruces created a river-valley themed mural for the play zone meant to help in the earliest stages of learning.
 
“She's painted a beautiful painting of the pre-early literacy skills that are quite common in libraries and in the early literacy arena. And it features our river valley here in the Fort with some friendly animals that are in the river valley,” said library director Michele Fedyk.
 
One local mom who attended the opening said she comes to the library often and appreciates having access to a dedicated space for her 11.5 month old son.
 
“They’re going to be bringing all the board books close to here. So we can hang out in this area, look at the board books, put them back,” she said. “It’s nice to have a little area for him to hang out.”
 
Heartland Ford donated $10,000 towards the cost of the project.

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