Tri-County & Plainville Public Library Team Up to Create an Interactive Play Structure in the Children’s Library

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School and the Plainville Public Library are pleased to announce an educational partnership that will give students the opportunity to create a new interactive play structure area in the Children’s Library.  The project will be educationally-focused on curriculum for children ages 0-6.

This project is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The MBLC developed this direct grant program using federal funding to help libraries meet local community needs including financial and health literacy programs, STEM and STEAM projects, programs that help New Americans learn English and become citizens, programs that serve teen needs and projects that preserve valuable historical documents.

“We are very pleased to be given the opportunity to work with the Plainville Public Library on behalf of our students,” said Jean George, Vocational Director for Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School. “This has been a great opportunity for our students to collaborate together to see how their specific vocations are integrated to complete a project. Real-world application of skills is a valuable part of the career-focused technical learning experience.”

The play structure will be used by young children to promote social, intellectual, emotional and physical development.  Under the supervision of licensed vocational teachers, the high school students will assist in implementing the project.  Students in Carpentry will work on designing and building the structure, while students in Graphic Communications will create signs to identify various theme-centered play, and Early Education students will develop lesson plans to share with families. 

 “Once we received the grant, I was very motivated in finding ways for the community to be involved in our work here at the Library,” said Laura Brillant-Giangrande, Children’s Librarian, Plainville Public Library.  “Since Plainville is in the Tri-County district, I thought what a great opportunity it is for high school students to help us to accomplish our goals.  It’s really a great learning opportunity for all ages.”

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.

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In the photo, sitting from left to right is:  Laura Brillant-Giangrande, Plainville Public Library; Jean George, Tri-County Vocational Director; Brian Boyd, Tri-County Carpentry.  Standing from left to right is:  Mark Chauvin, Tri-County Graphics Communications; Lisa Oxford, Tri-County Early Education; Dina Taylor, Tri-County Early Education; Linda Thompson, Tri-County Graphics Communications; Fran Williams, Tri-County Graphics Communications; and Michelle Tilden of Tri-County Early Education