An updated post for the Avon Free Public Library is now available on our site. Check out the details from our 2014 visit here.
As Shawna and I continue our exploration of Connecticut libraries, last week we ventured over to the Avon Library. I find it funny that the library name is Avon Free Public Library. Aren’t all libraries free? Anywho the name certainly confirmed that this would be an inexpensive adventure.
Upon arrival, you immediately notice that they are undergoing some major renovations at the library. As a temporary measure, you will need to access the library through a side door. The librarian who so kindly helped me while I tried to work my double stroller through this door let me know that after the construction is complete, there will be easy to access sliding doors so I won’t have the stroller challenge.
Just as a FYI, the construction project is expected to be completed by this spring. The project is valued at over $9MM and will double the size of the previous library to 40,000 square feet. One of the areas receiving a big part of the improvements is the children’s area. It has expanded in size and also features two story time rooms. For more information, see here.
To get to the children’s area (during this construction phase), enter the building through the temporary entrance above and then head to the elevator and the second floor. Once there, it is easy to spot the fun area for kids to play.
There is not a baby area at the library, so all kids play in the same general area. Bruiser and Sparkles are both on the walking track and Boo is a pro walker at this point, so a baby area wasn’t really needed for us. The play area is somewhat surrounded by “walls” of books, so that helps keep the little one’s corralled. I did run off a few times to grab a runaway toddler, but for the most part they stayed in the play area.
There were lots of things available to keep the kids entertained.
A train track.
There was also a doll house, computers, and books galore. The kids also found this giant window very entertaining. Shawna was a bit scared that it wouldn’t hold up to my kids smooshing their face against it, but I wasn’t worried 🙂
We also took a little peek at one of the story rooms. It was very large inside with areas for activities and crafts. There were several moms hanging out when we got there waiting for their kids to get out of one of the classes. I love how there is both a regular door into the story time room and a mini door. So cute!
There are lots of kids activities and classes available at the library. Check out here for a list of current programs and also here for more information on what is going on in the Children’s area. Also, like most of the Connecticut libraries, Avon has a museum pass program. This is a great way to check out local museums for free (or a reduced rate).
As an added bonus, I did a quick check of the restrooms. It is a family restroom, with a baby changing area, a separate stall and a little kids toilet. Everything you will need. Just note that there is currently only one restroom on the second floor. We never had an issue with needing to wait, but just something to be aware of.
Avon Free Public Library
281 Country Club Road, Avon, Connecticut
For even more information access their Facebook Page here.
Get directions here:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday (summers) 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday (September – June) 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday (January – March only) 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
If kids ruled the world, it might look a lot like this place. Find out where in our Thursday post.