Coventry Village Library to unveil new children’s area
The Coventry Village Library will unveil its redesigned children’s area, called the Shire, at a grand opening on Saturday, April 18, 1–5 p.m. The free, all-ages event will feature refreshments, storytelling by children’s authors Mary Lee Corlett and Tricia Springstubb, and a chance for kids to try out new early literacy activities and toys in the newly renovated space.
At 1 p.m., Springstubb, a Cleveland Heights resident, will read from her two new books, Moonpenny Island (illustrated by Gilbert Ford) and Cody and the Fountain of Happiness (illustrated by Eliza Wheeler).
At 2 p.m., Corlett will read from her book Belle’s Wild Ride: The Artful Adventure of a Butterfly and a Cabbie, which features a fast-paced journey through the Cleveland Museum of Art's most famous artworks. Local artist Sophie Cayless illustrated the book.
The library received a $4,000 grant from the Hershey Foundation in 2014 that was used for the development of the Shire, the opening of which will mark the first time the Coventry Village Library has had an enclosed, designated space for small children.
It will feature a play kitchen, colorful and comfy reading chairs, alphabet-focused toys, and kid-sized book displays, all designed to encourage young children to engage in the five fundamental activities that build early literacy and get kids ready for kindergarten: singing, reading, writing, talking and playing.
“Early literacy, which basically means getting kids ready to learn, is a crucial goal that Heights Libraries shares with parents, caregivers, schools, and other community organizations,” said Pat Gray, Coventry Village Library manager. “Our new playroom will give members of our community a fun and easy way to achieve it.”
The playroom adds to Heights Libraries’s roughly $150,000-worth of improvements at its Coventry branch over the past year, including new carpeting for the entire building, roof repair, and new lighting.
Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.