We want to be the place your children study. We’ve offered research help and computers for children for a long time, but now we have a dedicated family study center at the Johnson City Public Library. JCPL’s family study center is located in an alcove on the first floor between Adult fiction and Juvenile Non-fiction (where the teen center used to be). Betty Cobb, Youth Services Manager at the Johnson City Public Library, says families have been asking for a dedicated study space for a long time. “When the teen area moved, we felt like this was a chance to finally give families what they’ve been asking for.” The family study center also holds reference books for children and the special collection on parenting. Additionally, the new space contains displays on timely materials: currently, there’s a display on science fairs.
We also took this opportunity of reimagine our old reference area, which has been converted into our new craft center. Betty says, “We’ve been using that space as a craft area anyway, but we’d always had concerns about making a mess and ruining the flooring. Now, thanks to a generous donation from the Monday Club, we remodeled and it accommodates us much better.” Jennifer Johnson, School Age Program Coordinator for JCPL, agreed, saying “it’s really nice to have that space right next to the story time room and to have a space so well set up for crafts.”
Both of these areas are available for parents and children to use to work on school projects, although priority is given for library programs. Betty says the staff is “so excited!” about the new space, and we hope you will be too! She also says they welcome suggestions and ideas on how to make these spaces the best they can be. For more information on the new spaces in the Youth Services department, or other Youth Services programs and resources, call us at 423-434-4458.