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Thanks to community efforts, kids and teens have a new and improved space to call their own at the Carbondale Public Library. Last spring, in accordance with National Library Week, the second floor of the library was renovated.

Before, the space didn’t look nearly as inviting as it does now. The children’s area was limited to an area near the back of the second floor, while the rest of the area was used for storage.

“It looked like a warehouse, there were rows and rows of shelving,” said Marie Zaccone, the library’s director.

The renovation was made possible by the late Robert Vandenberg who served on the library’s board. The donation was included in his will.

Library furniture was provided by J.P. Jay Associates.

The area has been well received by staff members and children alike. Zaccone calls the area the library’s “pride and joy.” Children look forward to story time in the afternoon. Teens have a quiet space to read and do homework.

“Kids can find things now, things are more open,” Zaccone said. “Now, there’s comfortable seating to sit and read, now they can play games or do puzzles. Now it’s a very inviting atmosphere.”