The Children’s and Parents’ Services Department of the Patchogue-Medford Library reopened on Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration that included crafts, refreshments, face painting by Cee Cee from Faba Gaba Face Painting, and balloon creatures masterfully created by John Reid. The room is completely rearranged and features a new media area that houses the DVDs, audio books, playaways, readalongs, music CDs and a new collection of DS and Wii games. Only 3 games remained on the shelf after a week of being open, and orders for more of these hot items are being placed to meet demand. New children’s books are also featured in this highly browsable area located near the entrance of the room.
Also new is a comfortable seating area (informally referred to as “the nest”) for parents. It’s situated near the picture book and parenting collections and adjacent to the program room that features windows so parents can see their children in programs. The parent-friendly environment is evident in this arrangement as well as the department’s welcome brochure that emphasizes family programs and the importance of parents acting their child’s first reading partner.
Some more furniture is coming soon, such as countertops that will hold nine computer stations for older children and four early childhood computers, and a brand new children’s reference desk by the entrance. Hundreds of people attended and enjoyed the festivities on Saturday, leaving with arms full of books, media, and other fun creations. Congratulations to the staff and families of the Patchogue-Medford Library district!