Monday, August 2, 2010

South Regional Library

What it is: In June, Parkwood Library closed its doors.  We were very sad to lose our closest library where we would frequently go to check out books and to attend the ever-popular Rhymetime with Lauren.  However, our sadness was short-lived because on July 28th South Regional Library opened to replace Parkwood.  It sits on the corner of Alston Ave. and Hwy. 54, and it is beautiful.  The children's section is so much larger than the one at Parkwood, and the library as a whole is airy, open and very inviting.  There's a seating area in the kids' section and even an area off to the side where they can enjoy their snacks.

What we liked: We love the larger children's section complete with puzzles you can check out.  We love the open feel of the library.  However, the best part is the continuation of Rhymetime with Lauren.  For all of the Parkwood Rhymetime fans, you can find the same program at the new library.  We were there today at 10:30, and my son was so happy to go.  He feels other library programs are just not the same.  Not only does she keep his attention the whole time, but there are BUBBLES at the end!  Needless to say, there's plenty to recommend this library.

What we would change: For most children, it is a good thing that they have computers at kids' heights so that they can search for their own books.  I'm sure in a few years, we will also think that it is a good thing.  However, with my two-year old, kid-height computers mean that he would much rather play with the computers than look at the books.  So, it can be a bit problematic for us.

Website and other important information:  South Regional Library is located at the corner of Alston Ave. and Hwy. 54 is South Durham.


Address: 4505 S. Alston Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27713

Phone: 919.560.7409


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


1. A view of the front of the library

2. Looking back at the whole library from the kids' area

3. The kids' seating area

4. The area where kids can eat their snacks

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