Volunteers Bill Eaton, Marilyn Eaton and Pat Jillson recently helped pack books as part of the Norway Memorial Library’s makeover of the children’s room.

NORWAY — Work on the children’s room at the Norway Memorial Library is set to be completed in early February.

“It’s almost done. There’s a couple of more walls we haven’t painted yet,” children’s librarian Anne Campbell said Thursday.

The newly-renovated room downstairs is the meeting spot for readers ranging in age from toddlers to grade six students. Campbell said the room is often filled with 12 to 15 toddlers plus their parents for the weekly story time hour and after school by students who come to read and work. There are also field trips to the room by local area students.

“It really depends on the day,” she said.

To accommodate the varied ages of the children and their needs, Campbell said they have enlarged the play area for the toddlers and given the older children a separate space to read and do their homework.

By early February, many of the formerly white walls will have been painted yellow with a blue trim. There will be new bins for the baby board books (cardboard books for toddlers.) Additionally the toy cabinet and book display that used to be in an adjoining room have been moved back into the children’s area. Posters will also be hung on the walls.

“We’re working on getting more cushy seating and preschool size table and chairs,” she added.

Meanwhile, work continues on the adjacent room to be used for teens. Library Director Ann Siekman said more painting in that room will be done by students over February school vacation and the room is expected to open March 12.

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