New Lending Library offers unique tools for learning

Published: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 06:31 PM.

Jennifer Bolz, an education resource specialist, said the games are geared toward learning.

"We believe that children learn through play," she said. "Any thing they can get their hands on helps make new brain connections. Even when they are playing with blocks, that can be a foundation for math later."

Bolz’s husband, Staff Sgt. Jason Bolz, from Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 at Cherry Point, built the shelves that hold educational toys, books, games, puzzles, parenting materials and curriculum tools. The items are multi-cultural and are designed for all ages of children.

"What is here is different than what you would find at a conventional department store," Garrison said. "I’m really excited about it. It’s really been a dream of mine to have it here since I saw it in New Bern."

The items are checked out for three weeks at a time, just like books.

America Yu-Lee, who has 4-year-old and 14-year-old sons, checked out a half-dozen units on the first day.

"They show shapes. They show colors. They show pictures and they have games," she said. "Bright color is very important for kids, and there are easy words to understand."

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