Have you visited any of the new WonderKnook play spaces, located at each of KDL's 20 branches? The Kiesel family visited all of them! Mom Natalie shares their experience.
How did you hear about the new WonderKnook play spaces?
From Audrey's grandmother! Audrey spends her days with parents, who are both work-from-home, or at one of her two grandparents' homes. One day, Grandma Julie brought me a WonderKnook brochure, and our journey began!
What inspired you to visit the WonderKnooks at all twenty KDL locations?
We already had visited our "home base libraries." Grandma Marie brings Audrey to the Byron Center Branch. They love attending Miss Dawn's Loose Parts Play. Grandma Julie takes Audrey to the Kentwood Library. They love attending Miss Hatka's and Miss Sarah's story times. Audrey is also enrolled in 1KB4K at the Kentwood Branch; she's currently at Giraffe Level. Audrey will take Summer Ballet at the Wyoming Library, another nearby favorite. We had seen some other libraries before the WonderKnooks arrived, but this was our call to adventure! We pushed ourselves to make day trips to Nelson, Tyrone, Alpine; some of the other libraries further away from our home. We were always surprised by what we found.
In your opinion, which branch had the most unique play space? How so?
Why do you think play is so important for young minds?
What advice would you give to other parents who want to follow in your footsteps?