The Elmhurst Public Library’s newly renovated Kids’ Library completed its seven-month renovation just in time for the bustle of summer.
Spaces were moved, computers added, and areas added to better accommodate changing needs.
The project was done in five phases, and at no time was the whole space closed. And thanks to long-term budgeting plans, no property tax increases were needed to fund the project.
The Learning Garden, which attracts the youngest patrons, was moved to the east side of the department where it overlooks Wilder Park and is surrounded by windows on two sides. The space expanded and now includes a puppet stage, a kitchen set, train and block table, and plenty of early literacy activities. The board books are arranged with covers facing out, making them more appealing for exploring.
A new computer lab with 11 stations was installed, allowing for kids’ classes to be held in addition to the daily individual computer activity.
Middle schoolers get their own space as well, featuring comfortable seating, video game space, and a separate room for group study or projects.
The popular Storytime Room stayed in place but expanded with retractable glass wall to let in more natural light and allow for flexibility in spacing. The new area accommodates more children for puppets, crafts, story hours, and more.
There is also a dedicated craft area, more seating, additional tables wired with USB and electrical outlets, and new, flexible-use furniture The entire department got new carpeting, and a door was added to access the south lawn of the library.
The Elmhurst Library is one of our city’s crown jewels. We love how it constantly shifts and updates as patrons’ needs evolve.
If you want to learn more about the many resources that Elmhurst has to offer, reach out to us by calling (630) 441-5570 or visit our website,