Beginning September 30, expect to see some changes at NOPL North Syracuse.

The children’s area will be getting a much-deserved refresh, which will include fresh paint, new furniture, flooring, and other enhancements to improve the experience for families using the library, such as comfortable seating for adults, a fun reading nook for kids, and an interactive play wall for the little ones. Young readers will enjoy shorter kid-friendly shelving with picture books separated by categories and covers faced out so whimsical cover art can be easily seen.

The children’s room will be moved temporarily to the community room while work is being done, which is expected to take about two weeks. The library will remain open during the renovations.

“We’re really excited for this renovation. We want the community to view our libraries as a friendly, welcoming and positive place where they can learn new things and develop a love for reading,” said Amanda Travis, NOPL Director. “We hope these upgrades will help convey that even more.”

In addition to the refreshed children’s area, NOPL North Syracuse will also have an all new HVAC system installed in late autumn.  New York State Aid for Public Library Construction is funding the improvements to the library’s spaces. “We would like to thank our local legislators for their continued support for the NYS Public Library Construction Grant,” said Travis. “We wouldn’t be able to make these upgrades and improvements to our buildings without it.”

UPDATE 10/3: The children’s room has been temporarily relocated to the community room so that renovation work can be done:

UPDATE 10/8: Walls in the children’s area have been painted, the floor was prepped for carpet, and new carpet tiles were laid:

UPDATE 10/9: Both the children’s area and the community room (which had become the temporary children’s room) will be closed Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11 as new furniture arrives and the children’s materials are moved back to their original home.