The room in which the new children's library is being built is still completely empty; pictured with library director Katrin Fügener. Now the dates for the move and the opening have been set. © Wolfgang Schörner
Now a date has been set for the opening of the new children's library in the Rathauspassage: On July 7, the time has come. Before that, however, the Penzberg public library will close for two weeks. During this time, 9000 children's books, audio books, films and Tonies move – more than a third of the library's holdings.
Penzberg – The large room that once belonged to the Lampka fashion store is still empty. From Friday, July 7, it will house the new children's library. The opening date has now been announced. About 180 square meters will be available, just opposite the public library. By way of comparison, the public library itself has 500 square metres including an office and toilets.
Move with 9000 children's books and Co.
Before the opening date, however, a feat of strength is still needed. About 9000 children's books, audio books, films and tonies, 150 of the approximately 800 shelf meters as well as furniture and the children's part of the "treasure chamber" will move within twelve working days. At the same time, the existing public library, in which there will be more space from now on, will be reorganized. "A lot will change here," says library director Katrin Fügener. Here and there, perhaps, an additional seating area, a separate youth area with chill and work corners, more space between the shelves and an area where adults can meet. "It's going to be very different," she says. "I'm curious myself."
The director and her team are happy that the dream of having their own children's library is now becoming reality, that it will start in the foreseeable future. Originally, it was thought that it would be possible to open it as early as May. But there are things like the technical infrastructure that you just didn't have on your radar. Fortunately, she says, the building authority and IT department know their way around. "We are very grateful to the town hall that everyone is going full throttle."
More space for the promotion of reading: 160 children's events already this year
The director leaves no doubt that it makes sense to have her own children's library. The new igloo study has shown how important reading promotion is for children, she says. A quarter of fourth-graders in Germany could not read properly. This year, there have already been 160 events for children in the Penzberg public library, including 57 reading sessions and 56 class tours. Fügener also says that parents come to the public library to read to their children themselves, that students learn here and work out something together for the lessons. Adults also meet in the library. Or they come to work on their laptop. The public library has become an "open meeting place". In the first five months of the year, there were a good 25,000 visits. "We simply need space for that." And children need their own space.
Children's library tells a story
According to Fügener, the new children's library is to be a "beautiful room" with a seating platform, seating areas, furniture and shelves. There will also be an extra toddler area. "It will be very comfortable and child-friendly." With the room they want to tell a story, which one, she does not reveal. Only this much: "There is more than books, the children should have a place in which they can find themselves." In the children's library – with two workstations for employees – it will also be possible to borrow the media directly. This means that parents who want to take a novel with them have to go over to the public library. "We're curious to see how it works."
A children's programme is planned for the opening on 7 July at 15.30 pm. The move will start in four weeks. "It's going to be hard work," says Fügener. "But it's also fun because we know that something good will come out." The team, she says, is extremely motivated.
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Due to relocation: Penzberg public library closes for two weeks
The public library will be closed from Thursday, June 22 to Friday, July 7 inclusive, due to the move. The library does not ask you to return them shortly before or immediately after the reopening. After the Whitsun holidays, the loan periods would be extended accordingly.
The last event before the closure is the "Night of Living Books" on Wednesday, June 21, with Jamal Abu-Tarbush, Sabreen Alawee, Pauline Albers-Mitchell, Anna Brylla, Manfred Heissig, Claus Schröder, Anette Vogel and Gönül Yerli. Tickets (10 euros) are now available at the city library.