I’m new in town. I arrived at the Sunnyvale Library just this past April. While I already knew books, storytimes, and much about being a librarian, I didn’t yet know Sunnyvale. And what fun this getting-to-know-you phase has been! Like most Children’s Departments, we’re buzzing with activity. But behind the buzz I’ve found that what we do here – with you all – is unique and special.
It all starts as soon as you pass through the animal-themed “Kids Space” archway (painted by library staffer Angelo and a team of Sunnyvale kids). An array of booklists greets you as you approach the Children’s Information Desk. Is there a new baby in the house or are you looking for some good bedtime reads? Take home our updated Baby and Bedtime list. Is your student left empty-handed while waiting for the next installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series? Grab a Diary of a Wimpy Kid Readalike list. Would you like your son or daughter to get lost in one of the stories you loved when you were growing up? We’ve created a list of beloved Classics for Children and Teens. Regularly updated and expanded, our booklists are on hand to help you and your child choose that next great book.
As you walk on through the Department, you might notice how busy the room has become. Over in the corner, beneath bright yellow walls, wooden cars make their way around a track while imaginary feasts are prepared in a child-sized kitchen. Cubbies are filled with dolls, puzzles, sorting toys, and puppets. One of thirteen libraries statewide to be awarded a Family Place grant this past year, the Sunnyvale Library offers a play area, as well as an expanded parenting collection and periodic workshops featuring local resource professionals. This library isn’t only about the books! Visit our Family Place and see how the Library is helping to support early learning and healthy families through exploration and play.
The energy in the room continues through to the librarians. We’re an eclectic bunch, and we all bring our unique talents and interests to our work here. I wouldn’t be surprised if JoAnn has read every book on our shelves – or at least most of them. Marti’s eyes light up and her voice begins to dance the minute she slips into Spanish. Kathleen and Becky are master storytellers and can captivate a crowd with just a voice (and a pirate accent if called for). Rachel bubbles over with laughter and, in her off-time, she plays in a folk rock band. As for me — I pull in music to most everything I do and I have a nerd-like love for the nonfiction section. All of this energy and creativity results in a wide variety of programs and events. Do you have a budding school-aged scientist? Come to the monthly Secret Code: Science Club. Is there an imaginative 1st through 5th grader with a flair for the dramatic in your home? Our Young Storyteller’s Group might be just the thing! Is your teen looking for a way to serve the community? Check in with our Teen Librarian about how to volunteer with After School Homework Help or the We Read Program. Watch our Monthly Calendar too. There’s always something new!
If you’re a regular here in the Children’s Department, let me thank you for helping to make this such a warm and welcoming place. If you’ve not been in for the last several months, stop by to say hello and see what’s new.