Northland Public Library and the Northland Public Library Foundation are excited to announce the upcoming construction of a Learning Garden, located on our “front lawn” outside the Children and Teen Services department. The Learning Garden seeks to establish a safe and sustainable garden to provide an outdoor learning environment that will encourage hands on learning for all ages. It will serve the needs of our residents to create, explore and discover more about their inner and outer worlds.
The Library considers the education and advancement of youth a high priority and a lasting value to the community. Over the years, the staff has brought children outside for programs and activities as much as possible. As our education system puts increased emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) skills, our children’s department realized that getting kids outdoors would increase the STEAM opportunities available to them while improving their physical well-being. From that seed of an idea, the Learning Garden concept grew.
The most unique component of the learning space is the Sensory Garden. A sensory garden involves engagement of all the senses – sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound – to benefit children and adults, especially those who have sensory processing issues.
The possibility of creating a place where health, well-being, the environment, art and the sciences are all in harmony is very important to us and will have a positive and long-lasting impact on the people of southwestern Pennsylvania who will be enriched by the programs and self-guided exploration of the learning garden.
Please consider making a gift or multi-year pledge in support of the Learning Garden! If you have any questions, contact Valerie Golik, Director, Northland Public Library Foundation, via email at email@example.com or by phone: 412-366-8100, ext. 104.