Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A space of their own!

Not too long ago I was talking to my librarian about how bookstores are setting up young adult reading areas. I thought it would be nice if the young readers in our library could have their own area surrounded by books they like with some comfy seating and maybe something hip on the wall. I didn't have much hope it would happen. Our library is extremely small. It's tricky to create spaces. The children's book area butts right up to the computer use area. There just isn't alot of room.

But, my librarian loved the idea and ran with it. She found a way to make a "junior reading area". Collections are being condensed. Shelves are being cleared. It's a big job, shifting books around, but it's going to be worth it.

There's a nice spot in the back corner where people love to gather. It's offset from the rest of the room, tucked behind a long shelf/reference desk. The chairs are comfy. It's warm and cozy in the winter and nice and cool in the summer. This prime spot is being dedicated to our junior readers. The collection of middle grade and young adult novels will surround them on three sides providing all sorts of reading inspiration and will be a nice little nook for the kids to gather. I hope they won't mind if I hang out back there every once in a while.

4 comments:

Linda D. (sbk) said...

Hey, that's cool! Kids need places like that.

Terry said...

They might let you stay if you're very quiet. And motionless.

Hey, maybe you could be the 'hip thing on the wall'. Like a living poster.

Never mind. I'm sure you've got better things to do. ;-)

Stella said...

I love that idea! I hope it draws in some readers, Heather.

Heather said...

I wonder how long it would take them to notice me, Terry! LOL!

I hope it draws in readers too. We'll have to let the community know about it once it's complete.