The Los Angeles Public Library’s West Valley Regional Branch will celebrate the launch of a new program featuring a multi-sensory play gym set-up for children ages two and younger, at special kick-off party on April 17 at 10:30 a.m.

The party at branch, located at 19036 Vanowen Street in Reseda, will feature giveaways and refreshments. There will be activities will include toys and equipment age appropriate for newborns, crawlers and early walkers.

“Story Play @ LAPL,” developed by librarian Mandy Nasr, is one of five library projects awarded a grant funded by the Library Association of Los Angeles.

“Playing is an essential  component of early development, and creating a gym space with new developmental toys can support a variety of physical, social and cognitive components,” Nasr said.

The weekly program will be a no-fee alternative for those who cannot afford the cost of commercial play areas and centers for babies. There will be monthly guest speakers providing child development information about health, nutrition and education to parents and caregivers.

Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday;  9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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