New library expansion opens in Jonesboro

Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 6:35 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 10:04 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library unveiled its new addition in hopes of better serving children around the area.

The new 2000-square-foot space is part of their kids’ section that has a wide selection of books, a playhouse, and a new story time area.

Stephanie Sweeney, the library’s Youth Services Program coordinator, said she hopes the space encourages people to stay for a while and check everything out.

“It’s bright, it’s airy, it’s open, the books are more spread out, so it does not feel like you are just crammed in with books,” said Sweeney. “You can browse a little bit longer; you can stay and play as well.”

She stressed with people feeling safer after the pandemic, they want to get the word out about how great the space is.

“We just want more and more people to come and take advantage and spend their time here,” said Sweeney. “Play with the toys, sit in the playhouse, read a book, and you know, just hang out and enjoy the vibe.”

She said that compared to the space before, this will allow the library to provide more activities and host more events in the future.