Northfield Library is full of nooks and crannies. In contrast, the Kenyon library is a large, open rectangle. As soon as I walked in the door, I could see the whole layout. Adult non-fiction is shelved along the left-hand wall, with fiction in adjacent bookcases. Media and computers are along the right-hand wall. The back of the space is for kids. The far wall in the kids' area has a delightful mural. A table is ready with an over-sized checkers game, and other games and some puzzles are on a nearby shelf.
The area rug has the alphabet for the younger kids and a world map for the older ones. I'm always glad to see maps; there is a more detailed world map in the corner behind the beanbags, and a US map nearby. Speaking of the beanbags, there are a couple of rules: they are for sitting, not for jumping or diving. Diving, really? I know that rules are often created to fit a situation that needs control, and I'm trying to picture it...! A nice feature here is the semi-circle of trapezoidal benches that create a sense of sitting around a campfire...or a storyteller.
Junior and Young Adult fiction are shelved along the far right wall in the picture below. Nearby are two "Book Fortune Teller" jars, one for J and one for YA. Each contains slips of paper with the titles of book available here. Kids are encouraged to pull out a slip, find the book, and give it a try, even it it is not something they would ordinarily read. Nice idea! I saw something similar in New Richmond, WI, where they have a jar of tongue depressors with Dewey numbers written on them. The challenge is to pull out a stick, find the number, and read whatever you come up with.
The media area, with computers in the background, is "kid-friendly," with a farm-themed book and cutout animals on a small table. I was given a bookmark with some useful information. First is the "Rule of Two" -- 2 week checkouts, 2 renewals (a couple of exceptions), and 20 cents per day for overdue items. That's basic. But the fun information involves care of books:
- Do not read books in the bathtub. Steam and water can quickly damage books.
- Be careful when eating or drinking around books. Stained books are damaged books.
- Please do not smoke around books.
- Damaged books will be assessed a fine.