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It's the Little Things, and People, that Count

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on August 18, 2008 - 12:29pm

DCPL covers their electrical outletsI have visited a lot of libraries this summer, looking for interesting architecture, technology, and landscaping that would make for good photos. I visited the new Daviess County Public Library in Owensboro, Kentucky, last weekend, and something really unexpected caught my eye--all the electrical outlets were covered with those little plastic dummies that render them harmless to toddlers. Being a parent, I thought this marvelous. Visiting a space that is not prepared for small children can be very harrying to parents; this small gesture (though probably the bane of many library staff member's existence!) may give parents just enough comfort to be able to enjoy their library a few minutes more. As far as I can tell, DCPL is the only library that I've visited this summer that's taken this simple precaution. See, by contrast, this photo taken in the Family Activity Center at the Boone County (Kentucky) Public Library.

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We also have these in our

We also have these in our library. In the adult area, they are often taken out by people plugging in their laptops and not replaced. However, I think they stay put better in the youth area.

My FPOW (a public library)

My FPOW (a public library) put these in, at the urging of several staff members. I just didn't want to see any little guys get hurt because we weren't thinking ahead. Libraries do have a lot of kids, and they don't necessarily stay where things are safest for them.