Re-Imagining the Library

To meet Salina’s needs into the future the library is re-imagining its Youth Services space to create a destination for youth and families to read, play, create, learn and grow.

Little girl admiring her shirt

“As a volunteer frequently in the building, I get to see grandfathers with little ones in the play house area, toddlers trying to keep up with the fish in the fish tank, three-year-olds showing off their “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” t-shirts and proudly holding up the books they have just check out to read at home.  The idea that we could have more space and expand this important environment for reading success and enjoyment is thrilling.”

— Gretta Kontas, President of Friends of the Salina Public Library


Exterior with Addition

Checkout Desk

“I like the library because they have books to read like ‘Kitties on
Dinosaurs’ ” — Harrison C., age 4


A young boy patron smiles and holds an SPL library card in his hand.

Littles Space

Targeted for preschool children and their caregivers, this space will include hands-on play and seating for reading together.

School-Age Space

In addition to books for early readers to middle grades, this space will provide comfortable reading spots.


Teen Space

A defined, but still visible, teen space will create a place to hangout, create and study.

“I like looking at the books on the shelf. I found a good one! I’m going
to read it to my grandma. I like reading library books to my grandma.
Pokemon and Minecraft are my favorites!” — Eddie R., age 8