Babies in the Library: Creating a Truly Baby-Friendly Early Literacy Play Space


Of course babies are welcome in the public library! Or are they? The benefits of a literacy-rich environment for babies and toddlers are well documented, and the library is a go-to place for families with young children. But the actual presence of babies and toddlers in the library creates unique challenges for everyone. We often see babies kept in restraining seats due to a lack of alternatives and, after a reasonable amount of time, they voice their complaints loudly. Often, new mothers find the idea of entering a library a bit daunting. After all, babies can be unpredictable, disruptive, and just plain noisy. Staff members are all too familiar with managing unsupervised toddlers while adult caregivers are preoccupied with computer-related tasks, and with fielding complaints from less tolerant adult patrons. The little ones themselves don’t really have a place of their own to just be themselves while in the library. These are just a few of the problems we've identified when considering how to truly accept and welcome babies and their caregivers in the library.

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This article by Debra Knoll, Children's Librarian was featured in the January/February edition of Public Libraries Magazine and is now available online.




Library Programs and Events

Hiring an Acquisitions Assistant
The Library is currently accepting applications for a Acquisitions Assistant position. Apply by submitting a completed employment application to the Director of the Loudonville Public Library, 122 E Main St, Loudonville, OH 44842. An updated resume may also be submitted and is desirable. Forms may be obtained from the Library’s circulation desk or the library’s website Please be certain Equal Employment Opportunity Page can be separated from the application.
Novelist Plus Now Available

Loudonville Library patrons now have access to a resource called NoveList Plus. NoveList Plus is the premier database of reading recommendations. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that include reviews, articles, and lists.

Learn more about the library's electronic resources on the Research page.

Meats, Soups & Stews
Thursday, August 7
7:00 pm

Learn to safely can your own meals in a jar. This is our final session. Snacks and door prizes.

Writing Contest! See Teen page for more info.

COSI Science Spots
During Summer Reading Program kids can stop in and learn about science with hands-on science kiosks. These kiosks were made possible by COSI and Loudonville Lion Club. They are available until July 12.