An Enchanted Entrance for Children at the Library

  • Posted by: marcylechner
Through the collaborative effort of the library via Phil Israel, Director, and Molly Adams, Head of Youth Services, the Library Trustee Board and the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library,  the arches recently received a painted refresh. Keeping with the forest themed back wall of the Children’s Area, the arches provide an entryway into an enchanted world of what the library has to offer. As one looks around you find yourself in a place where you want to Read!, Explore!and Imagine!
You may recognize the style of the vibrant colors and the engaging images. The muralist, Caren Frost Olmsted came highly recommended as she has worked with PTOs in town to enlighten and decorate the halls of Jefferson, Franklin and Wilson schools over the years.  Caren’s artistic talents translated the requirements of our cultural institution into an environment of wonder and creativity.
The painting of the arches is part of phased renovation to the Youth Services Area sponsored by the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library. In 2018, the Friends provided funds for new furniture and carpet for the Youth and Teen areas. In conjunction with those updates, David Machlowitz and family contributed monies for a wall activity center for young children.  The Friends are grateful to the Westfield community for their support enabling the Friends to create an enjoyable place for our youngest visitors. Through the Friends membership and fundraising efforts we generate funds for these endeavors and others to provide an engaging library environment for both children and adults. To learn more about joining the Friends click here.

Here is a glimpse of what you will see upon your next visit to the library.