I think Noyes has expanded a bit, because it draws from a larger area. It’s not just the people in Kensington; it’s really a huge community that comes and uses the library. It’s a chance to come and meet other parents with little kids. You get to know them, make friends with people, and discuss similar issues and questions about kids. Lots of times I’ll go in there and I'll be reading a story. Then two or three other kids will come over to listen: that kind of thing happens. I think that Noyes still carries the same weight now. It’s still the central point of the community, because no matter how old you are, your children are still the center of the community. So for them to have a place to gather right there is ideal.
Noyes seems like it is the real linchpin of the community, that essentially everybody who lives there has some relationship to Noyes and feels like it is always there. It gives them a sense of community. It has a sense of really strong community, the sense that “this is our place” and that is terrific.
We went to Noyes because we lived in Kensington and that was our library for everyone, children and adults. I remember coming to this charming small house where we would sit on the floor and could take any book we wanted off the shelf to look through. It was during the late 50s and through the mid 60s. Every week we were allowed to take two books home and each sibling would pick their own. I looked forward to going to Noyes because we would sit in the children's area and pick books while my mother went to the adult section, and while I'm sure she kept her eyes on us, it felt like we were left alone for some time with so many books to look through. I also remember the warmth of the building, lots of dark wood.
What makes it special is that it is just for children. That’s what makes it special. And the focus is for a preschool child. When a child goes in that building, something magical happens. At Noyes, everything is small-sized, children-sized. So children, who might not feel comfortable in a large space , will instantly feel comfortable in a small space.