Spartanburg County Public Libraries Announce Renovation of Barnet Children's Library


The Spartanburg County Public Libraries announces the renovation of the Barnet Children's Library at the Headquarters Library in downtown Spartanburg. Financial gifts totaling $135,000 from two local family Foundations and the Friends of the Library will fund the renovated space. The renovation is tied to the Every Child Ready to Read initiative.

Computers and AWE Learning Stations will become integrated into an open space for collaborative work and learning. Furniture will replace the reading train and provide gathering space for parents and programming.

An outdoor play structure with educational panels will be built outside in the Irene McNulty Oates Reading Garden. The structure will include slides, climbing activities and space for physical activity and gross motor skill development. The educational panels will include musical instrument stations and activities that encourage fine motor skill development.

The Barnet Children's Library will have a dedicated "Tween Space" with seating and services for children from 10-12 years of age.

This renovation is part of a long-range plan to integrate Every Child Ready to Read into traditional children's services. Already in place are story times supplemented with "free play" which allows children and caregivers to play together with a variety of learning and developmental activities.

The mission of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries is to create, connect, change.

For more information, please contact Amanda C. Newman at 864-285-9013 or