Following the evening service on Sunday, October 16, the congregation was invited to walk through the recently renovated children’s area in the church library. The new design was inspired by the children’s section of the Boston Public Library in Massachusetts. After seeing that space, sisters Valerie Pricskett and Linda Spinas began planning how something similar could be constructed in our own library.
The unique project required help from a number of different skilled individuals. First, Ted Friesen drew up preliminary plans for the project. From there, Sister Linda, with an eye for design and amidst ever-changing adjustments, developed additional modifications. Her husband, Howard, did the carpentry work, and together they built the main wall in about four and a half weeks. Jessica Oilar, with the aid of her son, Barrett, and the professional skills of her father, Rich Barrett, did the finishing touches in paintwork.
The final product was truly a sight to behold! Everyone who visited on Sunday agreed that the work on the children’s reading area is superb, and all who helped did a wonderful job. One special detail is a building with a sign that says “Shirley’s Bookstore,” in honor of Shirley Johnson, who managed the church library for about twenty-five years. She started as a helper in 1985 and was the main librarian from 1994 to 2010. Today, Sister Valerie is the main librarian, faithfully keeping our shelves full of great literary selections.
After viewing the new areas, guests were offered cookies and coffee in the annex, making the special occasion even more special. No doubt some had never been in the children’s reading area before, and they certainly will not forget it!