When a public space is accomodating to parents in a way we haven’t seen before, we want to shout it from the rooftops to let fellow parents know about it. That’s the case with this workstation-style desk found at a local Virginia library.
In a tweet shared by Ali Faruk, the policy director of Families Forward Virginia, you can see the desk has a parent portion and a baby-proof portion for a small child. There’s a computer set up on the grown-up side, and colorful learning panels for babies and toddlers on the adjoining side.
Basically, Henrico County Public Library has set the standard for parent-child harmony.
“A new public library in my area has these work stations for caregivers with babies!” Faruk tweeted. “Maybe these are common in other places but I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
The desk is made by TMC Furniture, a company known for creating furniture “inspired by imagination, invention and a passion to transform spaces into remarkable and joyful experiences,” according to its website.
Sure, maybe a parent or caregiver wouldn’t be able to write a 5,000-word essay with a baby in tow at one of these desks—but it offers a much better opportunity to get something done on the computer. Especially compared to the alternative sans Miracle Desk, which is getting nothing done on the computer.
According to research conducted by the Gates Foundation, people utilize their community library’s computers for so many reasons—to search for and apply for jobs and housing, to catch up on email, to take advantage of a faster connection, assistance from a librarian, or temporary access to wi-fi during an emergency.
Many fellow parents and caregivers were impressed with this contraption, because who wouldn’t be?!
During the first five years of parenthood, I was a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. I basically lived in my local library. Though I have always had the privilege of an at-home computer and internet connection, I would absolutely go to the library with my little one to use furniture like this if our library had it.
Libraries often play an essential role in the lives of parents, caregivers, and young children because they’re always a model for innovation and inclusivity. This type of workstation is just wonderful.
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