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Library installs activity wall, thanks to Kiwanis donation

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Tre Stroud, 2, plays with the wooden clock on the activity wall at the Grandview Heights Public Library April 3. The wall was installed with funds donated to the library by the Northwest Kiwanis Club.

A $1,200 donation from the Northwest Kiwanis has allowed the Grandview Heights Public Library to install an activity wall in its youth services department.

The wall includes a large toy clock, a flannel board with letters and characters made out of felt, and a funhouse-type mir- ror.

It also includes framed artwork created by Mike Dexter of Iannarino Dexter Cre- ative.

Each picture is accompanied with a word that corresponds to the image.

“We wanted to come up with something that would offer our young patrons an ed- ucational learning opportunity,” said youth services librarian Eileen McNeil.

Parents can use the clock to help teach their children how to tell time.

“A lot of kids don’t learn how to tell time on a clock anymore,” McNeil said. “This activity offers a great opportunity for them to learn how to tell time using the hands and numbers on the clock.”

The letters on the flannel board can help children learn the alphabet, and they can use the characters to create a story using pictures, she said.

The funhouse mirror “is just a silly thing,” but can also help young children learn about themselves while they make funny faces, McNeil said.

The Northwest Kiwanis serves the Grand- view, Marble Cliff and Upper Arlington area, president Amy Boyd said.

“The Kiwanis mission is one child, one community at a time,” she said. “We’re look- ing for ways we can help benefit young peo- ple in our community.”

In 2010, the Kiwanis donated funds that paid for an activity table in the youth serv- ices department, Boyd said.

Boyd was able to observe youngsters and their parents enjoying the activity wall during a recent visit to the library.

“I love it,” she said. “It’s great to see how much they enjoy the activity wall. They are learning while having a lot of fun.”

The wall was an immediate hit with children and parents alike, McNeil said.

“I had one parent tell me if they had such a thing in the library when she was a child, she would’ve spent a lot more time at the library,” she said.