While talking that first day in the garage, I think both Paul and I began to imagine the exciting potential for this very tired old garage. Yes, it was barren and cold, but it had lots of light—3 windows in fact—and some really good space. In place of an old garage, I imagined a wonderful and welcoming space for young children and their parents, a space filled to the brim with children’s books and tables, where families could sit, relax, interact and share the joys of reading and learning. I knew immediately that it had to become more than just a cold warehouse to store books. It was to become a place of learning, community, and fun!
With the new carpet laid, the walls dressed with fresh paint, and the ceiling newly insulated, we went on to construct the library’s bright pine shelving and install the lighting. Actually, my husband Jerry--who had a great time putting his engineering skills to work--did most of the installation! Finally, a group of wonderful volunteers from the Jewish Community Center and Silicon Valley Volunteers helped to move all the books into their new home. Along with other dedicated volunteers, we continue to shelve and organize the library on an ongoing basis.
Now that the library is nearly complete, 10BH is planning to launch weekly storytimes for preschool children residing in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. We are recruiting volunteer storytime readers, so if you are interested or have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each storytime will feature new books, songs, and dance for children and their parents to enjoy.
Having the opportunity to plan and install this new library has been great fun for me. I love the new library and invite all 10BH Role Models to come visit. Books are arranged according to 40+ categories and I hope that this arrangement makes the search easier when you are looking for your Learner’s next book.
Finally, putting newly donated books on the shelves and keeping the library in good order requires regular maintenance. If you love children’s books and would be interested in spending a few hours per week or per month on shelving and organizing the donated books in this charming space, please contact me so that we can work out a mutually agreeable schedule for you to help out.
It takes a village!
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