Story and photos by Sgt. William Smith
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
Tiny feet slap the ground and giggles fill the air, as little hands reach for a book to look at before story time begins. An adult sits down with a book in hand and quiet quickly washes over the room, as the children take their places to listen.
Story time is just one of many programs Grant Library has to offer for the Fort Carson community, said Cassandra Osuji, acting library director.
“We have a wide variety of services,” she said. “We have a children’s area, a teen area and five study rooms that are available for anyone to use. Every Wednesday from 10:30-11 a.m., we have story time for the preschool-aged children, where (volunteers) read a few stories to them and do a craft.”
Karen Spry, a mother who participates in story time, said she recommends it for others with young children.
“I think it is great that they have a program like this for preschool-aged kids, because there is not a whole lot for them outside of day care,” Spry said. “It is a great way to develop a love for reading at a young age.
“It is a good way to get out of the house, get your children interacting with others their age, and is an opportunity to meet new people.”
Other activities include a summer reading program and an interlibrary loan program.
“The summer reading program will start June 11 this year, and end six weeks later in July,” said Osuji. “The children will have a chance to receive rewards for reading books that they enjoy.”
She said that if a person is looking for a story that they would like to read, they can use the interlibrary loan system to search other libraries to find a specific book.
“If you read a book many years ago or you want to read one that someone close to you read when you were a child, and we don’t have it here, we can search all of the libraries in the U.S. and try and get it, so you can read it to your child,” she said.
The library staff wants people to know that it has a lot of programs to offer, and they are here to serve the community the best they can, she said.
Mike Lappen, library aide, said he enjoys working with the community, and the library here has less traffic than a typical public library.
“We have five study rooms, and it is not like other public libraries; it is quiet, and you can do what you (need to) do,” Lappen said. “Anyone can use the facility, but in order to check out books, use the computer lab or print, you do have to have a Department of Defense identification card.”
The library is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.