To the Editor:
The mission of the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington is that all children are healthy and ready to learn. We do that through education, referrals, and advocacy. The ECCS Board approved advocating for a new Southington Public Library building because libraries are a key educational resource for families with young children.
Books, movies, games, activity kits, cake pans, and other materials can be checked out to be used at home. Libraries also offer museum passes and a variety of digital subscriptions. But for families with young children a library is also a place to go where they can interact with other families during informal play and structured educational programs.
The Southington Public Library’s children’s staff does a wonderful job, but they are restricted by the physical space. The current children’s department is too small, the shelves are too high, there are no bathrooms nearby, and there isn’t enough room for programs, learning and play. The proposed design of the new library will address all of these issues plus bring the building up to fire code and ADA compliance.
Please join us in voting yes on Election Day for a new library that will meet the needs of Southington’s young families and all citizens.
Director, Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington
Board Member, Southington Public Library and Museum