Library upgrades children's section

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Children entering the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library are now being greeted by pictures of their favorite cartoon characters.

“In our children’s department, we have made great changes,” says Emma Boyd, the associate director of public services for the library. “On the wall we have different characters that can identify themselves with, and they just really love the children’s room and the changes that we made.”

The children’s section was previously in an open area, making it easy for a child to leave through the automatic doors and out into the street. This new and decorated enclosure will add a fun protection for kids and bring some relief to parents.

“The parents love it, they have been so excited to see it going up and the progress of it coming along and they told us numerous times they just love the idea that we did this to protect their children,” says Barbara Gough, the library director. “The children love to come in and see all the characters and it invites them to come into the children’s department.”

The project was built entirely by one library staff member, Alfonso Wilson, in a span of four months.

“It’s a great addition to the library,” Gough says. “It also adds color on both sides, and the entrances just draw people in, the children in; it’s so bright and colorful.”

Library director Barbara Gough says there are more future plans for more library improvements.

“The library is improving all along, we have some other projects coming along for the patrons, so we hope that people will come in and see our improvements and our progress here to better serve the community.”

The library has several free programs throughout the week. Tuesday’s at 10 a.m., babies and toddlers can color, hear stories, and make crafts. Kindergarten through 6th graders can make crafts and play games Thursday’s at 4:30 p.m., and 7-12th graders can do the same Wednesday’s at 4:30 p.m.