Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports for Global News: There is a now a runway on the floor at the Saddletowne Library meant for kids to run and play on, and the mess and noise that comes with it is encouraged not forbidden.

It’s part of the Calgary Public Library’s Early Learning Centre, which could be confused with an indoor playground loaded with hands-on activity centres.

“Reaching children, aged birth to five, sets the course for their future,” said Paul McIntyre Royston, President and CEO of the Calgary Public Library Foundation. “This is not a shush place. That is very deliberate.”

The idea behind Early Learning Centres is that learning and play go hand in hand.