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The reopening of a special room for little readers, was greeted with enthusiasm on Saturday at the Children’s Room at the Florence Williams Public Library. There was a puppet show, storybooks were read, reading rap was sung, and folks could get library cards or buy used books.

Almost 30 children sat on a Garfield pile carpet and made themselves comfy with red, yellow and blue, vinyl covered pillows. Mums sat with smaller children on their laps seated at the child-size tables and chairs. The walls were freshly painted lemon yellow and avocado green and covered with new children’s Dewey Decimal System posters.

The room was closed in December because of water damage caused by major roof leakage after heavy rains in the fall.

Ingrid A. Bough, territorial director of Libraries, Archives & Museums, said the department made substantial roof repairs, did gutter work, and cleaned and sealed 58 windows. She said the department really strove to get it open for summer. She added it has been open a month and they have seen an increase in patrons. “This is a wonderful space to read, learn and grow,” said Bough.

The Friends of the St. Croix Public Libraries ran a membership drive and had a used book sale to benefit the library. The Humane Learning Center gave a puppet show in the little theater. There was a Sky Dancing Surprise, a stilt dancer, balloon tying and refreshments.