A window corner houses the children's area, with lots of bins and cubbies for picture books, along with a rack displaying the newest additions. A large collection of hanging bags with chapter books and audio CDs was nice to see. In my experience, sets like this are often limited to picture books. There is also a collection of "Travel With Me Backpacks" (actually bags) that provide a variety of activities suited for a trip. One example hold four books, three monkey puppets, a dry-erase board, and a CD. There is a shelf of board books in alphabetical order and a shelf of children's music CDs, as well as junior fiction and non-fiction. A rack holds a set of Beatrix Potter books (and one A.A. Milne). One computer is designated for kids' use.
Over the teen area and part of the non-fiction stacks is a "ceiling" of black straps and colored panels. Very unusual, and interesting.
The library has a LOT of books on CD. I've noticed during this trip that most libraries have more audio books than I'd expect. In one place I stopped, I learned that many of these are donated. Perhaps that is also true here, but I didn't ask.
During the summer, story and activity programs are presented at the Ashland Farmers Market from 10-12 on Saturdays. A nice way to take programming to where the kids are likely to be. And perhaps it keeps kids occupied while their parents shop?
Watching over the whole libary is Sage, a v-e-r-y l-o-n-g sea serpent. How long? Well, about as long as the whole children's area. There was a contest to name Sage; the significance may relate to wisdom...or may not. Here's a picture of the magnificent beast. Look way down by the far window to see its tail!