News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 03/13/2015
Subject :

City of Palo Alto Library Introduces Grant Funded ’Play and Learn Island’
Contact : Melissa Morwood, Senior Children’s Librarian    (650) 838-2953
Palo Alto, CA – The Mitchell Park Library has a new feature starting this month – a "Play and Learn Island" – that is a very popular resource for children ages two to five years old.  It offers opportunities for young children to learn while playing and it was funded through a California State Library “Pitch It” grant. The grant was awarded to the Palo Alto City Library in 2013.

“Play is critical to learning and to understanding the world. As a learning center, the Library is proud to have been awarded a grant that makes possible the 'Play and Learn Islands’ at the new Mitchell Park Library,” said Senior Children’s Librarian Melissa Morwood.   

Some facts about the new resource:

  • Play and Learn Islands were originally developed by the Rancho Cucamonga Library with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the California Library.
  • Califa (what is this?)has now partnered with Rancho Cucamonga Library to provide Play and Learn Islands to libraries who wish to purchase one.
  • Palo Alto City Library’s Play and Learn Island provides a unique way to bring play and learning into the library, which supports the library’s mission to enrich our customers’ lives with knowledge and enjoyment.
  • The Play and Learn Island has three different play sets: Big Build, Discovery Dig, and Healthy Mind, Body and Earth.
  • Big Build’s interactive materials allow children to collect, sort, and invent with blocks.
  • Discovery Dig includes sand play, and letter and word recognition.
  • Healthy Mind, Body and Earth includes a farmer’s market set-up, which encourages families to play together while talking about healthy foods. 
Learn more about the “Play and Learn Island” by visiting the Mitchell Park Library, visiting the library online,, or by visiting Califa’s site: