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  • Renovated children’s room now open at Main Library

    The Joel D. Valdez Main Library’s Children’s Room re-opened Aug. 29 after a two-month closure to make upgrades to the 28-year-old space. 
    Children's Room Renovation at Joel D. Valdez Library

    The project got a boost when the Library received a generous $57,800 Library Services and Technology Act grant provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and distributed by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

    Michelle Simon, deputy director, said, “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 included the construction of an early literacy center and a dedicated space for tweens, who are not yet old enough for the Library’s teen 101 Space. 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, was donated to a local nonprofit organization. The children’s room entryway now features a rotating exhibit of artwork created by local children.
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