Magness Library officially opened its new Children’s Library on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting.
Library director Brad Walker welcomed a room packed with children and adults celebrating the occasion.
“The room is now very bright, very colorful,” said Walker. “When we built this room on 10 years ago, it was actually really nice. We were able to bring the Children’s Room up from the basement. It gave them bright windows where they could see out, but it was always overly full. The book cases were in the middle of the floor.”
New, sleek bookcases are placed along walls in order to leave the room open. A sectional, curved bookcase divides the space into two rooms. Those pieces are mobile.
The entire project cost between $70,000 and $75,000. Community donations were graciously made, but the largest donations came from Steven and Kate Smith Community Trust. The trustee, First National Bank, makes grants to nonprofit organizations. The library was approved for two grants totaling $45,000.
“A lot of this was made possible by the Steven and Kate Smith Community Trust,” said Walker. “We were really lucky working with the grant. Last year, they gave us $15,000. We received many private contributions for this room. Along with contributions from many people, we received another grant from the Steven and Kate Smith Community Trust for $30,000 to finish the room.”
Left to be added later will be paints or murals. In the old Children’s Room downstairs, there are fairytale scenes on the walls. Most notable is a dragon on the wall by the stairs. That similar scheme will be added to the new room.