Youth Services Space Needs

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Overview

We need to expand an already active, welcoming children's area to accommodate more families, encourage constructive play and celebrate reading. Our goals for an expanded children's space are to:

  • Acoustically separate the youth areas from the rest of the library using glass dividers;
  • Right-size our shelving for kids;
  • Provide a separate story-time space that is more appropriate (and available) for this essential activity than a  shared, utilitarian Meeting Room;
  • Create more space for constructive play;
  • Create more comfortable reading areas.
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Right-sized, easily browsable shelving

We want to keep our book stacks in Youth Services inviting and accessible for curious young minds.

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Maker Space for kids and teens

We hope to create a flexible Maker Space where our young patrons can experiment with robots, circuit boards and an assortment of crafts.

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Cozy reading nooks

While we won't have the space (or dry-cleaning budget) for a giant teddy bear, we would like a few cozy spaces for reading.

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Acoustically separated space

We hope to acoustically separate our youth services from the rest of the library while still keeping it open and inviting.

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Appropriate story-time space

Unlike most public libraries, we don't have an appropriate story-time space despite the popularity of this essential service. We have the stories and fantastic story-tellers; we just need the right space to make it even better.

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Do you agree?

We need your help to create more magical spaces for our younger patrons.

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