Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Children's Room Features

The children’s room of the newly renovated Olney Library will provide a spacious area for children and their families or caregivers to learn, explore and create in a well-lit and child-friendly environment.

This space replaces the cramped children’s room in the old library, which was inadequate to serve the needs of Olney’s children.  The new children’s room features lower shelf heights for books for toddlers and preschoolers and additional shelving space for all children’s materials.  Holiday and seasonal books will be shelved year-round in the public area, increasing the accessibly and visibility of these materials.

Two AWE Early Literacy computer Stations in the children’s room will provide a variety of educational software programs for younger children.  Public computers will be available for children to access MCPL digital resources as well as the Internet.

A new program room will provide a bright space for librarian-led programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents or caregivers.  When not in use for library programs, the program room will be available as a discovery room where younger children and their families can learn together.    Products that encourage interactive play will be located in this room as well as on the shelf ends in the children’s room.

Seating in the new children’s room will be greatly expanded as compared to seating for children in the old library.  Three tables will provide seating for four persons at each table; window alcove seating and lounge chairs will also be available.


  1. Lots of $ spent, but no more books, nothing back. A king's ransom for rugs and windows, nothing for content. All those windows are energy-inefficient, more waste.

  2. Will there be more books? I hope the library is not as disappointing as the construction process has been. The Emperor's new clothes?