Families are invited to explore the renovated Children’s Room at the Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) at North Syracuse during its reopening celebration, which is being held Saturday, November 2 from 10am-Noon. The library is located at 100 Trolley Barn Lane in North Syracuse.

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Festivities will kick off with a ribbon cutting. Brewy the Dinosaur will mingle with visitors, children will enjoy getting hands on with tech toys like Cubelets and a Bee-Bot Robot, and kids crafts will be available in the community room along with refreshments.

Updates to the space include new comfortable seating and reading areas, picture books faced-out in categorized bins for easy browsing, and shorter shelving that makes it easier for the youngest library patrons to select their own books. “One of the reasons I wanted lower shelving is I noticed children struggling to reach materials on higher shelves,” said Sarah Heukrath, NOPL North Syracuse’s Children’s Librarian.  “With the new lower shelving you are able to see everything better – it’s much more child friendly.”

Improvements to the library’s Children’s Room were funded by a New York State Aid for Public Library Construction grant. The library was able to remain open throughout the renovations. “Patrons were great during the renovation process, and I really appreciated their patience,” said Heukrath. “Everyone has been very excited to see what the children’s room would look like and I hope they all love it as much as I do!”