While the Maple Heights Library was open continuously during renovation with minor inconveniences, construction is finally complete! Thursday, July 10, 2014 the library held a ribbon cutting ceremony upstairs in the new Teens and Children’s area. Council President Jackie Albers, a former Librarian herself, had the honor of speaking on behalf of the City of Maple Heights. At dusk an outdoor movie, Meet the Robinsons, was sponsored by Friends of the Library building on the children’s area theme of inventors.
Outside there is new signage on Libby Road (top of the page), Paine Avenue and the main entrance has been updated. Less noticeably, an outdoor storage area was moved from the front entrance to the Northwest corner and the flag pole was moved.
Adult patrons will be pleased to find everything on the first floor, the Career Center, Reference, Computers, Copy Machines, Books and Movies.
Children and teens can get a work out going up the stairs (or take the elevator) to the second floor which is now exclusively for them. There is a new storytime room, homework center, tinker area, i-pads, computers and new book bins. For younger children it’s library meets free children’s museum in your back yard.
The design for the Children’s area was based up 3 books: So You Want to be an Inventor? by Judith St. George, What Color is My World? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson. Illustrations from these books inspired the artwork and some of the inventors written about in the books can be found on the book bin ends.
Maple Heights Branch is a Family Place Library
Family Place Libraries redesign the library environment to be welcoming and appropriate for children beginning at birth; connect parents with the resources, programs and services offered at the library and other family service agencies; and reach out to non-traditional library users. This creates the network families need to nurture their children’s development during the critical first years of life and helps ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn.
Starting on September 2nd a Play, Learn and Grow Workshop will be offered. It is a five week series for parents and children ages one to three. A 60 minute program each week offers opportunities for children to play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play group atmosphere and for parents to meet and question community experts in the areas of child development, speech and language, nutrition, play, movement and music. Registration is required and Siblings from birth to age 5 are welcome. Program will run on Tuesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.