Expanding kids' resources underway at library

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- Renovations at the Downtown Reno Library will bring a new, separate Children's Wing.

For years, kids and parents had to go downtstairs for children's books at the Downtown Reno Library. But this spring, that will change. The library is in the middle of a renovation project that will not only move the children's section up to the main floor; it will get its own wing.

"It will have more space for the kids, more books for the kids and easier for the parents to navigate," says Jeff Scott, Washoe County Library Director. "As you come in with small children or a stroller, you're not having to rely on an elevator to get down, and it's an expanded section with more programs in the space, more books available and larger space for the kids."

More room and more resources for families is a big priority for the Washoe County Library System because a big focus is to increase early literacy and children's education, according to Scott. And he says the library system found success in that area when improvements were made to another library branch, not too long ago.

"We renovated the North Valleys Library about a year ago and expanded the children's area and we found that children's usage exploded and rose up to 20-percent in that area," he says.

The renovations at the Downtown Reno Library are possible because of a partnership with Washoe County and the Tacchino Trust, which is providing funding not only for this library, but the children's sections of the Northwest Library and Sparks Library. The improvements must be completed by 2021.

As for the Downtown Reno Library, it's scheduled to remain open as crews work on the renovations. The goal is to have the official opening for the new Children's Wing May 17, 2019.