Outdoor Spaces at LPCPL

Posted on June 7, 2021

by Jennifer Bissonnette

Experience the Outdoor Spaces at LPCPL


When you visit an LPCPL location, you may notice some unique features. Each location has an outdoor educational space dedicated to encouraging learning experiences! These spaces are tailored to the location they exist at, giving each place a magical experience you can’t get elsewhere. Let’s take a look at what each location offers!


Hanna: Nestled into a small community, Hanna sets itself apart with the StoryWalk. Each month a new family-friendly story or community project is showcased in specialized cases along a walking path that circles the building. These outdoor stories encourage reading aloud, engaging with words, and learning in nature! 


Union Mills: The musical instruments and outdoor seating at Union Mills make it a great space for children to run off some energy while engaging in a vital early literacy skill, play! Children and adults can explore the sounds that different instruments make while learning about music. The patio seating makes it easy for you to watch your little learner while they play, too!


Kingsford Heights: This lively branch has a community garden, Little Free Pantry, and a bike repair station for those who pedal over. Located near the school, Kingsford Heights is a popular stop for kids and families!


Fish Lake: The nature play area at Fish Lake features an art area with a tic-tac-toe board, log climb spaces, a building area, a log balance course, and a trunk climbing course. These elements encourage active play and connect children to nature by encouraging them to interact, explore, and create!


Rolling Prairie: The outdoor classroom at Rolling Prairie provides a beautiful space for informal learning in a natural setting. Around the property you will find a native plant pollinator garden, bat houses, bird houses, and bee homes as a way to help protect, maintain, and enhance the environment, all while educating the community about their importance!


Coolspring: The outdoor patio offers a beautiful view of the land behind the library. Enjoy some outdoor study time or read a book at one of the shaded tables. You might even catch a glimpse of some wildlife!


Main: Lawns around the Main Library offer places to spread a blanket, relax, and enjoy your favorite book or activity. With plenty of space, it’s an ideal location for events during nice weather! Main also features a Little Free Pantry for the community.


Each location also features an outdoor bike repair station and outdoor seating. Many locations have external charging stations as well. Stop by for a visit or register for one of the events taking place outside!

Jennifer Bissonnette

Jennifer Bissonnette

Jennifer enjoys reading, writing to-do lists, and giving both of her dogs belly rubs. She has a weak spot for tasty sweets and is on a mission to find Northwest Indiana’s best cinnamon roll. She often over analyzes things but tries to use that to her advantage in her work at the library.
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