The East Asheville Library needs a larger, improved children’s room. As things stand now, the area for children is opposite the checkout desk, which is right beside the computers.
When people are trying to use the computers, they are distracted by the noise of the children’s programs and the activity of the front desk. This presents problems, not just for the adults throughout the small library, but for the children, too, whose parents feel they must they must continually shush them up.
More space in the library would provide a useful separation between the spaces designated for children and adults. East Asheville Library used to have access to the community center next door for children’s programs. Now the city has leased out the space to a local nonprofit, leaving the library and the community without space for programs or meetings.
An accessible community room, which the East Asheville Library currently does not have, would provide a welcome space for story hours and other children’s events, not to mention its benefit for adult activities, as well.
— RoseLynn Katz