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at West Branch
The Children's Room at the beloved
West Branch Library is a popular place for young children, their
families, and care-givers. It is the scene of story hour, Babygarten,
summer reading club, and other programs that focus on children's
literacy and fun. It is a place where children discover the
joys of reading, and serves as a valuable resource for students
and their teachers. It provides space for tutoring and space
for families to meet and interact. Last year the West Branch
circulated 15, 541 children's items -- an increase of 44% over
the past three years. Total annual program attendance has remained
steady in the 2,400-2,500 range, despite a reduction - due to
accessibility concerns -- in the number of programs held.
The Children's Room, however, suffers from water-damaged walls,
aging furniture and carpeting, and inadequate lighting. Located
in a split-level basement with no elevator or ramps, it also
presents formidable physical barriers to many patrons. With
City, community, and partner support, we plan to create a more
inviting and welcoming space for our patrons. The renovated
Children's Room will be a bright, airy, safe place, eventually
free of physical barriers and directly accessible by a back
or side entrance.
Estimated Cost: $30,000* for shelving, furniture, lighting,
computer workstations, and media (does not include construction
or accessibility costs)
*Some furnishing and equipment will be repurposed.
A Teen Room is being planned in the Central Library. This will
be an important addition to the Somerville youth community,
giving teens a place of their own and a space for teen programming.
This room will be a self-contained space that will allow teens
to congregate for fun and work both individually and collectively.
The room will include a lounge area furnished with comfortable
chairs, a couch, and a wide screen television for viewing movies
and gaming. The room will also be equipped with 10 Internet
computers connected to a central color printer.
The room will house the teen fiction collection including comics,
manga, Young Adult classics and science fiction. It will also
accommodate the teen audio book collection and DVDs and music
CDs of special interest to teens. Though the space is relatively
small, we hope to create collaborative work and social areas.
To facilitate this, we will add booths and tables as space allows.
There also will be a service desk at which the teen librarian
will be available for help. Currently, teens share a small space
in the main hall of the library where there is a small table
and seating for four.
Estimated cost: $60,000* for shelving, furnishings, computer
workstations, and media.
*There are no current teen furnishings or equipment (the current
small table and seating will stay in the main hall).
Staff Development Fund
help us to support ongoing staff development including funding
for facilitators, classes, workshops, conferences, and visits
How You Can Help
To Make a donation, please
send a check to: The Somerville Public Library, Attention:
Director, 79 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143, and specify
what project you would like to support. Or you may use
the donation buttons below to make a gift using PayPal, your
credit card, or a direct withdrawal from your bank account.
Alternatively, you can
make an unrestricted gift online to support Library services
and programs through the Friends by using their donation button
|Children's Room, West Branch
|Teen Room, Central Library
|Staff Development Fund
|Friends of the Somerville Public Library (unrestricted
For further information, please contact Maria Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org
To keep abreast of developments, see http://www.somervillepubliclibrary.org
so much for your care and support!