By Liz Premo
Atlantic News, Thursday, April 1, 2004
ONE VERY HAPPY GUY — Hampton resident Noah Abasciano (foreground) shares a big smile that shows how happy he is now that the Lane Memorial Library Children's Room has officially re-opened. Noah is pictured here at last Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony, conducted by Librarian Cindy Stosse and Pat Morgenstern of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce. [Atlantic News Photo by Liz Premo]
HAMPTON — Accompanied by parents, siblings and friends, scores of children attended the March 26 grand re-opening celebration of the Children's Room at the Lane Memorial Library. Present at the event were members of the Hampton fire department (which early on had personnel at the scene in mid-January, when frozen pipes burst and flooded the room, ruining the carpet and damaging furnishings, computers and almost 600 books). The firefighters received an appreciative round of applause by everyone in attendance.
A ribbon cutting was conducted by Children's Librarian Cindy Stosse, who used a giant pair of scissors furnished by Pat Morgenstern of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce. Everyone gathered near the soon-to-be-replaced circulation desk as Stosse snipped the bright red ribbon, after proclaiming that the event (organized by the Friends of the Library) was being held not because of a new carpet or new computers, "but because of the children."
A special presentation took place afterwards in the Wheaton Lane Room, where members of Mrs. Popp's third grade class at Sacred Heart School gave Stosse the "fifty dollars and change" they had collected during a penny drive. (This isn't the first time students have made such an impressive donation; first graders in Kathie Street's class at Centre School donated 100 books to replace those which had been lost, and other children have made similar donations as well).
Refreshments were served, courtesy of the Friends, and children's performers Brownie & Julie supplied interactive music and fun for all in attendance.
With new carpeting and paint, furnishings, book shelves, and books and other still-incoming items to replace what was lost, the Children's Room has shaped up bright and beautifully.
"I'm amazed," said Betty Callanan, a member of the Friends of the Library. "It's wonderful, isn't it?" she observed of the changes. "It's great."
"This is just incredible — I love the turn-out," said Library Director Catherine Redden, referring to the crowd of supporters. "I loved seeing the fire department here. That was cool."
There were plenty of smiles on the faces of the children who were in attendance. Of having the Children's Room officially opened for business, Elsie Thompson declared, "I'm very happy, because I like books." It's the same with Bryce Parker, who says "I really like coming here to get books." Taryn Higgins is glad the Children's Room is open again, too. She uses the library "to get books and get information on stuff" for classwork (such as a recent project on penguins). While restoration work was taking place, however, Taryn "had to look for books at home."
Now that the Children’s Room at the Lane Memorial Library has re-opened for regular book-borrowing business, it is time to squeeze in a Storytime or two. Parents are reminded, however, to continue to keep an eye on their children as the Children’s Room still has a few "loose ends" that need to be tightened.
A special Storytime will be offered from April 7-28. All children ages 2 and up are invited. Since this will be a BIG story time, Children's Librarian Cindy Stosse will be sharing BIG books. It will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the Lane Room; parents are asked to please call 926-4729 to register. In addition, this year's Summer Reading theme at the library will be “Check Out a Hero.” Information will be available after June 1.
As always, walking is very necessary as the room has a few changes and a few more new items, besides books. The books, videos, etc. have been put back where they belong and parents are asked to help the staff keep them in order. Music CDs and DVD movies will be introduced in the coming weeks.
Please contact the Children’s Room at 926-4729 to register for Storytime, or for more information.