Northland News

Library will help with 'kindergarten readiness'

A mock classroom to help young children get ready for school and to feel right at home when they get there is coming to the Karl Road Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

A "kindergarten readiness area" will be installed where the storytime reading stage is now located, branch manager Tony Howard announced at last week's Northland Community Council meeting.

The work should be completed by early April, he said.

Howard, who also manages the Northern Lights Branch on Cleveland Avenue, indicated that the goal is to "support the parents of young children" by offering an opportunity to experience what it feels like to sit in a classroom.

Branch personnel may work with local preschools to hold actual classes in the readiness area, Howard said, and retired teachers are being sought to serve as volunteers for the new space.

The storytimes stage was identified as a part of the children's area at the Karl Road library, 5590 Karl Road, that was "being underutilized," Howard said.

"This is an ideal space," he added. "It's going to be very exciting."

-- Kevin Parks