The children’s area of the Kingsport Public Library is transforming into a woodland wonderland. The area will have a new higher ceiling, carpet and paintings. It will also have a special glassed-in room for their 13 reading therapy dogs, part of a program where children read out loud one-on-one to canine volunteers, which will also double as a study area. New technology, such as an AWE Literacy Station for older elementary aged children and a touch table with preloaded educational software, provides additional learning opportunities. The popular Thomas the Train table will be returning from his ‘vacation’ with new friends.
Construction has started and is expected to last approximately four months. Meanwhile, all children’s programs will continue uninterrupted and the children’s book collection has been relocated to the fourth floor, while the children’s audio collection is now shelved with the adult audio collection on the second floor.
This phase is the first of several “small steps” of remodeling the library will be undergoing over the next several years in anticipation of an expansion in 2022. The cost of this project is $404,453 with $100,000 coming from a construction grant from the Tennessee State Library & Archives and the remaining funds coming from the city of Kingsport.
For more information on the Kingsport Library, please visit www.kingsportlibrary.org.