HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)— Henrico County’s Fairfield Library is getting attention for a special feature available to library card holders using their computer spaces.
They are calling the spaces “work and play stations.” The setup allows parents or caregivers to do work on the computer, while their child hangs out inside of a play-pen like structure right beside them.
“This should be in all sorts of spaces where adults have to be stationary, and they need to also be able to keep an eye on their kids,” said Children’s Public Supervisor at the Fairfield Area Library Shay Ramsey-Martin.
Ramsey-Martin said while the library was under development they discussed what parents would need in the room.
“They saw the hardships of what the parents were going through when they were coming in to try to either look for jobs or do working from home,” Ramsey-Martin said.
Fairfield Area Library is the newest Henrico Public Library. Built in 2019, the space includes many more modern features including high ceilings, balconies open to the second floor, natural light from skylights, a digital media lab, youth floor, an adult reading room and a large digital display called “the trailblazers wall.”