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Brooks Library to Unveil New Family Study Space

The James E. Brooks Library at Central Washington University is Child reading a bookhosting the grand opening of a new study space designed especially for CWU student-parents on Tuesday, October 24 at 5 p.m.

Enrolled students with young children are invited to use the new Family Study Space (FSS), when studying in the library. Located on the first floor in the southwest corner of the Academic and Research Commons, the FSS was designed specially for families. 

In addition to child-friendly furniture, the space offers a selection of circulating children’s books, learning manipulatives, and creative play space. The room is intended for members of the CWU community (students, staff, and faculty), who are accompanied by children, and all children must be supervised at all times.

“It’s important that Central be welcoming to all its students and that students don’t see being a parent as a barrier—to not make their educational experience separate from their family, and to bring their kids here and let them be apart of their university experience,” said Ginny Blackson, interim associate dean of libraries.

Brooks Library developed the space in consultation with the CWU Center for Diversity and Social Justice and Early Childhood Education, and was funded in part by proceeds from the 2017 Evening at the Brooks Gala and Silent Auction.

All are invited to attend the Family Study Space grand opening at 5 p.m., just prior to the first Family Literacy Night of the quarter. There will be crafts for the kids and information about CWU parent support resources available.

Media contact: Dawn Alford, CWU Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,