The Resource Place
What is The Resource Place?
The Resource Place, including the Reusable Resource Center, offers teachers, child care professionals, home care providers and anyone else caring for young children a convenient outlet for ideas and materials - a place where you’ll find it all under one roof. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about spending a lot of money for these items, because The Resource Place isn’t a store. It’s a comprehensive lending library where you can get not only children’s books, manipulatives, and other early childhood learning materials, but director/teacher resource books, curriculum kits, videos(VHS and DVD), and audio recordings (CD or cassette). In short, almost anything and everything you could need. You even have access to special equipment such as die-cutting, laminating and button machines. It’s an exceptionally diverse and complete resource center: a comprehensive media center and lending library focusing entirely on early childhood education!
How Does It Work?
At the Resource Place, instead of buying it, you borrow it - because it's designed to be used exactly like a library - a place where you can obtain information and borrow various materials for specified period of time. Like a library, materials can be checked out for a period of thirty days by members who have a borrower's card (video rentals are for 7 days). Memberships are available not only to child care providers, but to all community members who have need of early childhood resources. Members may borrow up to ten(10) items per checkout period(video rentals are three(3) per checkout). Materials are tracked via bar code, and are cross-referenced according to type of item, age appropriateness, subject matter, etc. In this way, users of the Resource Place will find it easy to access the right materials for a particular group of children or a particular subject matter.
With a Little Imagination, the Possibilities are Endless...
With so many different things from which to choose, you will always be able to find something new and wonderful to bring back to your early childhood environment. All it takes is a little imagination. The Resource Place staff will be happy to offer suggestions on activities for utilizing these materials (some interesting examples are on display), but please keep in mind that these materials are intended to allow children to express their own imaginations!
Resource Place Services
The Lending Library
The Lending Library has thousands of age appropriate children's books, manipulatives, videos and early childhood learning materials to choose from! We loan these materials, free of charge, to those who fill out membership cards and agree to be responsible for the care and return of the items. These resources enable caregivers to enhance their early childhood settings. In addition it supports GRCMA ECD staff and contracted instructors with high quality instructional materials. There are also resources that can be shared with parents to enhance the providers’ parent involvement activities.
The Cutter's Corner Teacher Work Center
The Cutter’s Corner, located in the Resource Place, has equipment and supplies for all of your die-cutting and laminating needs. There are over 500 die-cuts available in several sizes. Bulletin board paper is also offered in many colors. Two large laminators are accessible for use at reasonable costs. A button maker and cutting machines are also on hand for your special projects. The space provides plenty of room for spreading out and working on classroom projects.
The Reusable Center
The Reusable Resource Center at The Resource Place is the exception to the rule: rather than a lending library, it is an outlet for those everyday items, raw materials, and by-products (all of which have been donated by area companies) which are so invaluable when it comes to equipping an early-care and education setting with materials to encourage creativity and problem-solving skills. Some of the materials you’ll find here include: adhesives and tape, samples of wallpaper and carpeting, computer parts, fabrics and felt, paper of all types, foam, packaging materials, metal nuts, bolts, washers, springs, etc., pens, pencils and markers, plastics and vinyl, wood (including dowels), yarn, string and thread.
Friends of The Resource Place
Each and every member of the Friends of the Resource Place plays a vital role in supporting the programs and services at one our community's most valuable educational resources. By joining us, you can share in this commitment...and in the many benefits of membership. Please read on to find out how easy - and rewarding - it is to become a Friend of the Resource Place!
The Friends of the Resource Place was established to build upon and expand the current resources and materials available at the Resource Place. Friends are committed to raising funds for books, classroom resource materials, and many other needs; and encouraging public support and increased awareness of the Resource Place value to our community through events and activities.
Annually, the Friends will provide funding for:
- Lending Library purchases
- Maintenance of die cuts
- Activities and performances encouraging children to read and enrich their lives through the arts
- Professional development programs
- Special guest events
- Promotional campaigns for the Resource Place
AS A FRIEND OF THE RESOURCE PLACE, YOU WILL RECEIVE:
- Free use of die cuts (10 per visit)
- Access to Lending Library
In addition, special premiums are offered for those who join the Friends at higher levels.