Library’s Gould Room dedicated to all things children

PHOTO PROVIDED A little girl is excited to hold a bunny in the Robbie Gould Room.

LOCK HAVEN — A hidden gem at Annie Halebake Ross Library is the Robbie Gould Room, dedicated to all things children. Follow the footprints on the floor of the second floor youth wing to the room. It’s an inviting and comforting space that most adults never have a chance to see.

The Gould Room is dedicated to hands-on learning. A recent storytime provided a chance for children to meet and interact with several live bunnies, provided by Rachel and Shiloh Hill. This room allows the library to provide opportunities that are an investment in Clinton County youth and their future.

A sense of wonder is essential to childhood development. One way libraries do this is with a versatile set of children’s programming. For this, the library needs a space that is dedicated to children, and to their unique needs.

With service to the youth of Clinton County in mind, Robbie Gould, graduate of Central Mountain High School and Penn State, and current placekicker for the San Francisco 49ers, made the room possible through his charitable organization The Goulden Touch.

The space opened in 2013, and is host to storytimes and other children’s programming. It’s also a meeting place for children’s activities throughout the community, such as tutoring. These activities are vital to the library’s mission. They help with everything from hand-eye coordination to exposure to art, science, music, history and technology.

The library is especially pleased to have a space set apart from the distractions of the bustling main children’s library. This allows us to help children focus intensely on a single task, such as a hands-on activity, music, or a story.

For a chance to see the space, talk to Nancy Antram, the Youth Services Coordinator, or join us for the remaining activities for the month: Baby Bookworms Storytime (ages 2 and under) 10 a.m. Wednesdays April 11, 18 and 25; Book Bugs Storytime (ages 3 and up) 11 am Wednesdays April 11, 18 and 25; and Busy Bugs Storytime (All ages) 10:30 a.m. Thursdays April 12, 19 and 26.

Ross Library has a lot of secrets to share. Resident historian Lou Bernard will be hosting a talk about Ross Library’s hidden stories on Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m.