Sandra Smith

Library aims to ‘wow’ kids

When the Castlegar and District Public Library had its makeover 10 years ago, the children’s section was slated for a future remodeling. Now the time has come.

  • Apr. 21, 2011 6:00 p.m.

When the Castlegar and District Public Library had its makeover 10 years ago, the children’s section was slated for a future remodeling.

Now the time has come.

Starting this summer, the children’s section, located to the left of the main entrance to the library, is getting a complete overhaul — including a new design, new furniture, new shelving and paint.

“What we really want is a wow factor for the children,” library director Sandra Smith said.

So, the library is asking the children for feedback on what they want to see in their section.

Smith is looking for ideas on the overall theme of the section — whether it’s castles, dinosaurs or anything else a child’s imagination might think of. The contest is open until April 29 and ideas can be written and deposited at the library.

While the children are there, they can also enter a draw to win a book.

Smith said the biggest challenge in the redesign has been figuring out where to put all the books.

“We have a large children’s collection and we don’t want to discard anything,” she said.

Part of the design will see more shelves on the walls for this purpose.

All shelves on the floor will be 48-inches high so you’re able to oversee the entire section, Smith said.

She’s hoping the transition will be quick and disruption will be minimal.

“We’re hopeful to close this section for the first two weeks in July,” she said.

The books in the section will be moved to the library’s basement so the kids that take part in the summer reading program can still access and take out books.

For more information, call the library at 365-6611.

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