SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The children’s room in the Springfield Town Library is getting a new lease on life! The library has served this active community well for many years. Spurred by community conversations about children birth to 6 years old, the library and many community partners are offering new services with the Promise Community Grant. The grant improves library spaces and programs for families and children for years to come.
Beginning in late May, the library will suspend regular programs while we install new shelving, carpet, and paint in the children’s room. Color and modern design will effectively engage children and highlight a key local element: the circus mural by Springfield artist Stuart Eldredge. The staff looks forward to moving shelves to the room’s edge for space to welcome Paul and Norma Ippolito, Dinoman, Music with Martha, and the crowds who come regularly for story time.
Families in the library often need a safe, private space to meet. The Promise Community Grant includes the family meeting room – new construction on the second floor of the library with a window that overlooks the river. Families and individuals will be able to book the family room for get-togethers, confidential meetings, or other activities where privacy is helpful.
Please visit often while the library is under construction; in spite of dust and noise, staff members will welcome you and help you find books, DVDs, puppets, and tech help. Michelle Stinson, youth services librarian, is working on an amazing summer reading program for July, “Libraries Rock.” Watch for programs like “Baby Bootcamp” and “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,” which help new parents and children thrive. There are few more precious gifts parents provide than the love of reading.
The library is expanding the annual pass program to offer inexpensive entry to new partner organizations like the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center, the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum, and the Cheshire Children’s Museum. The library is buying extra passes for Vermont State Parks, a favorite Springfield pastime.
All Springfield Town Library programs are free and open to the public. Member library services like borrowing items, downloading books, and online classes are available for anyone with a Springfield Town Library card. Springfield residents and all children and teachers in Springfield schools are eligible for free library cards. For more information about the Springfield Town Library, call 802-885-3108 or visit our website, www.springfieldtownlibrary.org.