(TUCSON, Ariz.) – The Joel D. Valdez Main Library’s Children’s Room will be closed beginning Monday, June 18 while upgrades are made to the 28-year old space. The space is expected to reopen in late-July.
The project was initiated when the Library received a generous $57,800 Library Services and Technology Act grant provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and distributed by the Arizona State, Library, Archives, and Public Records.
The total is expected to exceed $288,000 with the balance (approximately $232,000) coming from the Library’s general operating funds. These costs will cover facility and cosmetic overhauls, including carpet replacement, paint touch ups, and new furniture.
Michelle Simon, Deputy Director, says, “The Library is committed to fostering innovation. The additional funds will allow us to bring this project to fruition in the way that it was originally envisioned—to allow our youngest customers access to an engaging 21st century learning space.”
The renovation of the approximately 9,000 square foot space will include the construction of an early literacy center and a dedicated space for tweens, who are not yet old enough for the Library’s teen 101Space. Among the changes, shelving will be moved allowing for the creation of open areas featuring age-appropriate materials, tactile toys for young learners, tablets, AWE Learning stations, and a touch table donated by Cox Communications.
Ellen Fountain’s mural, Fly With Me, will be donated to a local nonprofit organization. After the renovation, the children’s room entryway will feature a rotating exhibit of artwork created by local children.
Many children’s events scheduled during the closure will still be offered at Joel D. Valdez Main Library. They will be held in the Lower Level Meeting Room. To see a current list of events, please visit the Library’s calendar. Customers are also encouraged to visit nearby libraries, including:
More information about these exciting changes can be found in a great article from our friends at #ThisIsTucson.
For more information, contact the Library’s Infoline at (520) 791-4010.
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