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Library Branch Turns a Page

Dozens of children, parents, library employees, First Selectman Ken Flatto, and even an owl, flocked to the opening celebration of the new children's library at the Fairfield Woods Branch on Monday afternoon. The kids, 50 of them, explored the new children's area, played and made crafts together and interacted with Millie the owl, who came over from the Connecticut Audubon Society.

The event was the conclusion of nearly two years of thinking and working, culminating in a refreshed, interactive children's area. The changes reflect what Town Library Board of Trustees Chair Brian Kelahan says make a 21st century library different. Instead of being simply a place to pick up books, it is a community center where people get together.

"We don't shush anymore," he said. With the changes at the children's section, Kelahan said, children will learn "not only through words, but be a part of a community."

The new library is more open, providing more room to move about and learn, said Children's Librarian Cheryl DelVecchio. There are also nature-themed activities for kids under 5, and an outdoor nature garden.

Coriaty said the nature theme fits the library's branch name. With wide open windows looking out at trees, she said, there's a "treehouse effect."

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