Thanks to generous support from the Michael L. Horton Trust Fund, Fairborn Community Library has added a play kitchen to our children’s area. Librarians here have long wished for this sturdy play set, perfect for the kind of imaginative play so important to early childhood development. We’re almost as excited about it as the children are.
The kitchen set has moved into space we’ve devoted to imaginative play for years.
“We have observed play in this space that helps children to identify with the adult world,” says Head of Youth Services Caitlin Wichterman. “They develop social skills through taking turns, sharing with others, working out problems, and experimenting to find solutions. These opportunities also support language development through talking and listening, which is so important later in life when they begin to learn to read.”
If this inspires you to do some real cooking, remember that the library has plenty of cookbooks, including a great collection for children. A keyword search for “cooking” will fetch thousands of results in our catalog, including some ebook options.