It’s a great time of year to walk about the Nevins Memorial Library grounds. For young children, the Children’s Department has created a “Story Time Walk” by posting the colorful pages from the picture book, “If You’re Happy and You Know it” by Jane Cabrera, around the outside of the library. A monkey, an elephant and a giraffe will have your child clapping and singing this popular song as they make their way from page to page.
Nature lovers of all ages may enjoy strolling the grounds to view the blooming day lilies and the beautifully landscaped trees and shrubs from around the world. These were planted here by Henry Nevins when he and his family established the library in memory of his father, David Nevins Sr, in 1883. Maps including the names and locations of the Library trees are available at the Reference Desk.
And of course, you’ll want to see our new Children’s Garden–the crown jewel of our grounds! After more than a decade of planning and fundraising, Library staff and the Friends and Trustees of the Library debuted phase 1 of an extensively planned garden off of the Children’s Room last month. This fenced-in garden has benches and a small stage for reading and activities, bursts of color from flowering plants, and whimsical engravings featuring beloved children’s books.
To help raise money for phase 2 of the garden, which would expand the patio space by adding a water feature and a historic statue, you may purchase a reusable green book bag for $2 from the Friends of the Library at the Reader’s Services Desk.