Grant monies and donations to the Mendon Public Library will fund the upgrade of the children’s area of the library.
These upgrades will allow the library to offer additional efficiencies including a more open children’s space that will enhance the library so it can provide better services for the entire community.
The grant monies come from various funding requests, including New York state grant funding from NYS Public Library Construction Grant and NYS Bullet Aid for Public Libraries, May K. Houck Foundation, Estate of Robert J. Bride, Hallowell Foundation, Kade Project and the Friends of the Mendon Public Library.
The library provides services to about 1,700 children each year, and the library focuses on providing many opportunities for early literacy. Using current research and community input, the library proposed changes to the existing children’s space that would give children and their caregivers the best possible place to gather, discuss, learn and enjoy.
According to experts, the best way to engage early learners is through literacy-rich and play-based pavilions that allow children to explore and navigate the world of reading. Libraries are no longer quiet “shushing” places, but, hands-on, exploration spaces that provide a range of early learning opportunities. As such, the current children’s area will undergo a transformation in the coming weeks to better design the space to offer a cohesive, bright, safe and engaging area for young library users.
The Mendon Public Library is anticipated to open during the renovation and most of the collection will be available for circulation thanks to the teamwork and planning of the Mendon Public Library board of trustees, town of Mendon officials, library staff and construction crews.
Work should be completed prior to the start of the Summer Reading Program.
Call the library at (585) 624-6067 or visit mendonlibary.org for more information.