Day care children enjoy visits to library

By Lynn R. Parks

Every week, children from the Stepping Stones Day Care, Seaford, visit the Bridgeville Public Library. Day-care owner, Violet Waters, has been taking her young charges to the library for 10 years. We really love this library, she said. The children especially enjoy the librarys storybook hour, under the direction of childrens librarian Kathy Parker, she added.

The Stepping Stone children normally visit the library on Wednesdays. But last week, they were there on Thursday, to celebrate the completion of an upgrade of the childrens section.

These guys are who its all about, said library director Karen Johnson, motioning toward the Stepping Stone students as well as to students in the librarys Early Learning Academy. You can sit at a desk all day working, but when you get high fives from these little guys, it makes it all worthwhile.

The childrens area upgrade cost nearly $13,000, Johnson said. The library spent $3,500 on additional book shelves, $1,300 for new tables and chairs and $5,300 for two new computers, designed especially for pre-schoolers. It also spent $2,000 on new books, $500 to purchase DVDs and $200 for new equipment for the play area.

The librarys friends group donated $8,000 toward the effort. The Bridgeville Lions Club gave money to buy the tables and chairs and the Bridgeville Kiwanis Club paid for the purchase of the DVDs and some of the books.

We are extremely grateful for our support from the friends, Lions and Kiwanis, Johnson said.

The Friends of the Bridgeville Library work tirelessly to support our mission.

At Thursdays ceremony, Johnson also thanked the town of Bridgeville and the Sussex County government. Representatives of the town at the event included town commission president Pat Correll and town manager Jesse Savage. County administrator Todd Lawson was there, as were state Rep. Dave Wilson and state Sen. Brian Pettyjohn.

Pre-schoolers from the Early Learning Academy recited a poem, Five Little Snowmen, for the guests. Five of the children were dressed in scarves, hats and mittens, representing snowmen. One by one, the snowmen melted, under the power of a yellow cardboard sun, carried on and off the stage by other children.

This right here is reason the childrens area is so important, Johnson told the assembled guests. All of the work our teachers do, boosting literacy, is so important, and these children are the reason why.

Johnson also reminded the guests of the librarys mission, to provide free access to books and other publications. We want to share the love of books, and the love of reading, with everyone, she said. We are here for every single member of the community and we want to entice families to come here, to explore and to learn.

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