The Northside Children’s Community Library, located in the basement of Third Presbyterian Church, is open during the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. In the summer, the hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1-4 p.m.
All area children are invited to stop by to read, check out books, or study. In addition to thousands of children’s books, iPads and computers with internet access are available for the children to use for research, homework, or educational games and activities. The library is staffed by Coordinator, Barbara Kienzler, Assistant Coordinator, Faith Dennison, and volunteers.
The mission of the Northside Children’s Community Library (NCCL) is to provide free access to books and technology, innovative programming, and tutoring services to meet the educational and cultural needs of all Springfield area children.
Barbara Kienzler has been the Library Coordinator for NCCL since November 2017 and says she applied for the job since it seemed like a perfect fit. Two of her favorite things are children and books. She worked at St. John’s Hospital for many years in a number of departments and retired in 2015 in time to be in New Mexico for the birth of her daughter’s third child, daughter Allyria. Her other two grandchildren are boys Ethan (age 6) and Zeke (age 3).
Barbara grew up near Lincoln Park and spent many pleasant hours at the former North Branch Library. She said, “I am excited by NCCL filling such a personal niche in the Enos Park area and I am delighted by the support provided by the Third Presbyterian Church, the NCCL Board members, the volunteers and the neighborhood families who entrust their children to us. I look forward to getting to know more people who have made this all possible.”
Faith Dennison is the assistant librarian at NCCL. She has worked at the library for four years in various capacities as assistant, coordinator and then back again as assistant. When she accepted the position as a paraprofessional working with special needs children at Riverton Elementary School she left the library for a brief time. She decided she missed her crazy kids from the library so much that she started to volunteer and then accepted the position as assistant librarian again. She said, “I am incredibly blessed to be able to work at NCCL and to be given the opportunity to speak into our children’s lives and to get to know them!”
Our current wish list:
- book donations
- new board games
- hand sanitizer
- Lysol wipes
- paper plates
- plastic utensils