Community invited to celebrate new children’s area at Oshkosh Public Library

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Explorers Grove at Oshkosh Public Library, a one-of-a-kind learning space for children and families, will be introduced to the public on Sat., Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 spans from floor to ceiling; a large animal mural, a reading bench and a discovery station designed for free play and interactive learning. The setting encourages children and their grownups to play together, with hands-on activities that will be changed out periodically. The first set of activities will focus 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.

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