To the Editor:

As a mother to an infant and a preschooler and Executive Director of Northshire Day School, I have seen firsthand how the Manchester Community Library has positively impacted our younger community members in the past year.

Our Town's new public library is a short walk from Northshire Day School which allows for multiple classrooms to utilize the space in the Children's Barn for weekly storytimes on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as a change of environment during these colder months. Janet and all the library staff have done a wonderful job at creating events specific to our youth that occur during the week and on Saturday mornings. A few of our 4-year olds say "I like doing artwork," "I like reading books about superheroes," "I like to pretend in the new barn playhouse" and "I like playing with all the toys."

When my kids and I attend events on the weekends, I look around and see many familiar faces from our NDS community. The space for children comfortably allows for reading, playing, laughing, learning, and exploring all to happen in a safe atmosphere. The Manchester Community Library promotes and encourages the development of social and emotional skills with early literacy and play; this serves as a pivotal foundation for the continued neurological development as these children transition from an early education center like Northshire Day School into elementary education. I urge all Manchester community members to join me and vote on March 1 at the polls and vote Yes in support of the operating budget of the Manchester Community Library so that this wonderful local resource can continue to support the children of our community.


Cristina Maddocks

Northshire Day School