Libraries have changed quite a bit since I was a young girl.
Visiting the stacks was a solemn event, mostly silent except for the gentle flipping of cards in the monstrous wooden catalog nearby. The library was an errand, a place you stopped on the way to the bank or grocery store.
Fast forward a couple of decades and the environment inside many libraries is very different. Sure, there are still people quietly studying in the adult area and carefully turning the pages of the day’s newspaper, but the overall feel of the library space has changed. It is now a destination, a place people go for socializing and entertainment as well as education.
Parents meet with their young children for a story, a snack and a place to play. The Tot Spot at Westmont Public Library houses not only books, but magnetic letters, activity boards on the walls, stacks of building blocks and computers just for kids.
WPL is a space to meet people with similar interests, like book discussions, knitting, writing, game design and more.
For information on library-sponsored events like these, watch for your newsletter in the mail this week or visit westmontlibrary.org.
More recently, WPL is open after hours for bigger events. We are open late this Friday for a special presentation of PVPN’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” starting at 7 p.m. Come experience this favorite Shakespeare play in the halls of our beautiful building.
And when you really need that quiet, individual space away from the noise of the rest of the world, WPL has you covered. Spread out on one of our tables and use the free WiFi, or hole up in a study room and use one of our research databases. We also have free study rooms for groups of six and a conference room for up to 12 people.
If you have not visited WPL in years, come and see how it has grown to better meet the needs of the community. We hope you will find a way to use and enjoy our space like so many other Westmont residents.
Kate Buckson is marketing coordinator for the Westmont Public Library