Chattanooga Public Library Introduces Indoor Play Equipment to the Delight of its Patrons

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Chattanooga Public Library installs unique indoor play equipment designed to supplement child development and foster a love of learning.

SnugPlay equipment provides creative, manipulative play opportunities for children in a library setting.

Children enjoy indoor play at their library

"In many ways our library is a learning playground for kids of all ages...so why not give them the equipment and a safe place to do so?"

Over 75 excited visitors converged at the Chattanooga Public Library last week to experience an innovative new play product that is designed to spark the brains of its youngest patrons. "In many ways our library is a learning playground for kids of all ages. Now, with SnugPlay at our downtown branch, there are even more child-directed play options where children choose what to play with and then make up their own rules. And kids are always going to climb, so why not give them the equipment and a safe place to do so," stated Corinne Hill, Director of the Downtown Chattanooga Public Library.

The downtown branch received their SnugPlay equipment on a Wednesday and wasted no time having it installed in time for a busy Saturday in the children's department. The portable nature and interactive, dynamic pieces stimulate spontaneous and cooperative play that invite both children and adults to participate and engage in meaningful play.

A library, at first blush, seems to be an unusual space for indoor play equipment. Lee Hope, head of Children's Services thinks otherwise. "Why NOT a playground at the library? We are still all about books and fostering a lifelong love of reading and learning, but play is one of the ways children learn, so installing a library playground just makes sense. What's more, our playground is surrounded by books in every direction whenever they are ready."

Friends of the Chattanooga Public Library, who provided the funding for the SnugPlay equipment stated "We are always looking for new and exciting ways to support the Chattanooga Public Library and its commitment to the children of Chattanooga. The new playground is just one more example of how this library leads with innovation and we are always eager to support that!"

The leaders of Chattanooga's Downtown library recognize the importance of play in a child's development. Movement and play are good for children's coordination, strength, and overall health. The new indoor play equipment will help children make new friends naturally and develop their social skills.

"This is not your mother's library anymore," stated a grandmother visiting the new SnugPlay area at the Chattanooga Public Library. Evidently parents and children agree.

About SnugPlay USA
SnugPlay is unique, easy to maintain, open ended, for all ages, interactive, inclusive, and can be used indoors and outside. Because SnugPlay is moveable, children are inspired to play in more ways than ever before. SnugPlay compels children to be more active and creative than with other types of play equipment.

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