Youngsters invited to revamped children’s library reopening
Archant Norfolk 2018
A revamped and restocked children’s library is to open its doors today with young visitors invited to check out the refurbishment.
The popular early years library at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library has been closed since Monday, February 11, so it could be given its new look.
It will reopen today to coincide with the start of the half-term break.
Jan Holden, head of libraries at Norfolk County Council, along with Margaret Dewsbury, who chairs the authority’s communities committee, will open the library, which the public will be able to use from 10am.
Council bosses say the new-look library will hold a brand new range of children’s books and resources ranging from board books, picture books and story books suitable from birth to seven years.
The library will also be launching a collection of the latest parenting books, which offer practical support and guidance for new parents.
Mrs Dewsbury said: “Libraries aren’t just about borrowing books, we want to encourage people to use them as community spaces to meet other parents and for children to engage with each other in a safe environment.
“The newly refurbished early years library at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library will provide a fantastic new space to families visiting the library and enable them to do just that.”
The council says the improved, redesigned space will offer children and families the freedom to explore the library and to sit and read in comfort.
Council bosses say there will also be dedicated areas to give children the opportunity to play and use their imaginations, as well as an innovative sensory zone to encourage children to explore their senses in a calm setting.
Here are 10 of the books which youngsters might want to borrow when they visit the new-look children’s library:
Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) by Keith Negley
Harold Snipperpot’s Best Disaster Ever by Beatrice Alemagna
A Little Bit Brave by Nicola Kinnear
Cats and Robbers by Russell Ayto
The Sea Saw by Tom Percival
Rosie is my Best Friend by Ali Pye
Amazing by Steve Antony
We Eat Bananas by Katie Abey
Everybunny Dream by Ellie Sandall
The Colour of Happy by Laura Baker and Angie Rozelaar
You Make Me Happy by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Alison Brown
The Kiss by Linda Sunderland and Jessica Courtney-Tickle