The Northside Children’s Community Library, located in the lower level of Third Presbyterian Church, is currently open on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. Prior to COVID, the library was able to be open three days a week year-round, and the goal is to identify more adult volunteers to be able to increase the operating hours again. The library is staffed by Coordinator Barbara Kienzler, Assistant Coordinator, Andrew Heathwaite, and volunteers.
The NCCL has 20,000 books to check out with no fines or fees, ever. 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. There are also games, puzzles, toys and art supplies. The NCCL offers students a safe environment to do homework or visit with friends and a healthy snack on their departure. They also collect books for all ages and redistribute them throughout the community.
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.
One of the neighborhood’s proudest achievements is the NCCL. It was started by church members and neighborhood volunteers in October 2011, so they’re beginning their 10th year in Enos Park!
Volunteers and staff
The NCCL is always looking for volunteers to work with kids, and behind-the-scenes folks, including board members. They welcome visitors during open hours to see if it’s a good fit, and if the number of volunteers increases, so do the hours of operation.
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 retired from St. John’s Hospital in 2015 after working for many years in a number of departments
Andrew Heathwaite is an Enos Park resident and also a musician who specializes in performances for children.
Our current wish list:
- book donations
- new board games
- hand sanitizer
- Lysol wipes
- paper plates
- plastic utensils