Kid Reviewer: Isaac Roldán, age 7
What made the experience stand out?
I go to the library all the time but the one we visit is closer to my house. I had never been to the one in Oklahoma City where there are tall buildings before until my baby shark went to a stuffed animal sleepover party there last summer but I got to go back after and see the library.
What was the best part?
The children’s area looks totally different. It reminded me of a big store, like a mall for books. There are Lego towers that are taller than I am and you can also check out games to play. The books are not the same as at the library by my house; there are different ones.
What was the worst part?
The staircase to get to the second floor is very tall and scary. It’s all glass on the second floor so I felt panicked, as though I was going to fall somehow.
Will other kids enjoy visiting the library’s downtown branch?
They’ll have a good time because all the best parts of visiting the library they’re used to are there, with the books and the computers, but they aren’t the exact same. It’s fun to visit a place that’s familiar but has more for us to see. The kids’ area is bigger and there’s art and there are toys.
Would this experience be enjoyed by your family? Why or why not?
Yes. My younger brother, Gabriel, is 4 and he played with blocks for a long time. We also took home more books in Spanish than what are in our usual library, which was nice so my Dad could read to me more easily. Other kids with families who speak more than one language can probably get books that are their parents’ first language too and then they’ll want to read more with their kids.
If you could do this again, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?
I would use the elevator instead of the stairs because I felt afraid about halfway up the staircase and then I wasn’t sure if I should go up or down. It was kind of the same distance and all of a sudden, I just felt like I was falling and I didn’t want to be on the steps anymore.
Does anything you learned match up with what you’re doing in school or have done before?
My school has a library and it’s very nice to sit in a window seat and read. We also go to the Edmond Public Library, especially in the summer. Libraries are happy places to read and play.
What do you think you’ll remember most about visiting?
It’s already been a little time since I visited and what I remember most is that the building is huge. I also made a friend and we played checkers with real pieces, not like on an iPad. Everything just feels bigger at that library, which matches what’s around it.
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