The Grandview Heights Public Library has packed a lot of learning into its new backpacks.

The Grandview Heights Public Library has packed a lot of learning into its new backpacks.

Thirty-one Early Learning Backpacks from the Early Childhood Resource Center now are available for checkout from the library.

Each backpack is themed and has contents that include several picture books, two to four educational games or toys and an activity guide showing parents how to use the items.

Backpacks for infants and toddlers help children learn about basic concepts of colors, sizes and shapes and develop their fine motor skills, said Youth Services Librarian Eileen McNeil.

Materials for preschool-age children use a theme incorporating the four Early Learning Content Standard areas of social studies, language arts, math and science, she said.

The library was able to purchase the materials using a $2,139 grant from the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation.

"We're always looking for ways we can support early literacy at the library and when we heard about these backpacks, we knew that was something we wanted to be able to offer to parents," said McNeil.

"Thanks to the education foundation, we can," she said.

"It's another project with the foundation that allows us to provide the community with materials they don't think of as being available from a library," said Canaan Faulkner, the library's public relations manager.

Last year, the library partnered with the foundation to make acoustic guitars and instruction books available for checkout, he said.

"Libraries are really focusing on ways we can provide the kind of materials people want and need in our communities," Faulkner said.

The backpacks are displayed and available for checkout in the youth services department.

Each backpack circulates for 28 days for patrons with a Grandview library card and can be renewed three times if there are no other requests.

The materials are available only at the Grandview library and cannot be reserved through the Central Library Consortium. The backpacks must be returned to the Grandview library. Overdue fines are 10 cents per day.

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