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MARCH 2005

Musical refrains, playful giggles, computer beeps – these are sounds you may hear if you stroll by the children’s section. The design of the building and the programs offered blend to give children a welcoming and safe environment.

When the architect planned the library, one goal was to move from an institutional look to a more home-like atmosphere. A unique concept for the mid 1930’s was the use of furnishings especially designed for children. In the Story Hour Room, the smaller sized Windsor chairs allow children to sit comfortably. Proportionally sized tables provide a place to read or do crafts. Pictures of classic storybook characters hang on the walls. Shelves of picture books line the room.

Children's RoomIn the Story Hour Room, the tradition of reading continues with a few new twists. Children’s Librarian, Lois Bulger, conducts weekly fun times. The children listen to stories, participate in crafts and sing along to favorites songs. There is plenty of fun when everyone bounces balls in the parachute or pretends to make snow angels on the floor. It’s a great opportunity for preschool children to socialize and learn.

Story Hour RoomThe other room of the children’s section is designed for older grade school children and young adults. The table and benches provide a quiet coziness. The fireplace with the imported Italian marble adds a touch of elegance. Chandeliers from Holland depict a tale of a Dutch boy and girl.

This "Spotlight on the Library" article was written by Mary Jacobs, the David A. Howe Public Library director. Articles are written and published monthly in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Click on a date below to read a recent article. 

Find a complete list of articles on the Search the Library page.

Click here to read the Wellsville Daily Reporter online

The children’s section has magazines such as "Boys’ Life," "New Moon" and "Sports Illustrated for Kids." There are racks of popular paperbacks containing old time favorites like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. There are newer series like Lemony Snicket’s Unfortunate Events, Dolphin Diaries, Thoroughbred, etc. You may borrow CD-ROMs with games, sign language, music and Reader Rabbit software for use on your home computer. There are also three computers for student use with access to the Internet.

During the summer, there is a reading program for children. Parents and teachers endorse the program as a way to maintain or increase reading levels. The children spin the wheel, borrow packets of books and win prizes. There is a celebration party at the end of the summer.

Click here to see more photos of the children's section

The building, resources, programs and services are designed to make children feel welcome in the library. Come in and enjoy the traditional services and see what’s new.

This page was last updated December 22, 2005.

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