Myself and several of my colleagues are disappointed with the loss of the position of children’s librarian.
Our children have benefited from having a consistent go-to person in the children’s section.
These wonderful, empathetic and patient women made the library so much more accessible and welcoming to young children.
Unlike a computer, an actual human being in the children’s section of the library offers opinions and insight and can often pinpoint a book based on a general description from a child.
Library staff without the “it” factor and genuine desire to work with children will never inspire a child into becoming a reader like the children’s librarians could.
The desk in the children’s section was so non-intimidating and friendly.
Kids are now faced with a tall, generic front desk where adults are often lined up.
They struggle to be heard or even acknowledged and I’ve observed other staff do not have the time, or the inclination, to provide that personal touch.
In addition, I work with young people with autism and they were so much more comfortable with approaching that children’s desk.
My colleague witnessed a soft-spoken young boy attempt to ask a question at the big main desk. The child had trouble being heard and was left with some anxiety and a reluctance to return to the library.
That children’s desk was a safe-feeling place.
I would love to see this feature returned to the library as I feel it inspired a love of reading in our young people.