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Imagination, creativity and expression are key elements in letting a child grow and prosper in life. Literacy is an essential building block in life that can easily incorporate those expressive components important to childhood. We’ve incorporated these important ideas into early childhood classrooms,  playgrounds and activities — which often transfers into the homes – but beyond those two places, exploration for young children can be limited.

Bettendorf Public Library (BPL) has made it their mission to ensure that even in the world outside the classroom–the home or the playground–a child can continue to explore, create, dream, grow and prosper through their Child’s Play: Create, Explore and Experience program.


During BPL’s Child’s Play program, children participate in 30 minutes of active imaginative play, where they have an array of options to dress-up, build, create, and more. This activity time is followed by 15 minutes of story time, in which participants read several different types of storybooks, filled with music, rhyme, and cheer!

Child’s Play is recommended for ages 2-6, and takes place on Saturday mornings, from 10AM to 10:45AM. No registration is required. For more information, visit the Bettendorf Public Library website, or contact then at (563) 344-4194.



About the author

Katy Williams Henderson A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a Preschool through 4th Grade ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She is working on a Master's in Early Childhood Education. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her husband and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU and now for The Princeton Review's

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