So many of us have had to work from home with our kids on tow. It is not easy and its reality is often much more complex than people give it credit for. Having work spaces that are accommodating makes a big difference in maintaining common sense while trying to work and grow older at the same time. One public library goes viral on Twitter a photo was shared of a unique workspace keeping working parents in mind.
In a tweet shared by Ali Faruk, the policy director of Families Forward Virginia, which included a photo of a unique workspace at the Henrico County Public Library, it’s clear to see why it is getting so much attention. The workspace is parent-friendly and shows that public spaces can and should keep a variety of people in mind when they are in the planning phase.
“A new public library in my area has these baby workstations!” Ali tweeted. “Maybe it’s common in other places, but I’ve never seen anything like it.”
A new public library in my area has these workstations for baby caregivers! Maybe it’s common in other places, but I’ve never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/svmhWu7QbK
– Ali Faruk (@FamiliesFwdVA) 22 January 2022
In a subsequent tweet, she wrote that “Public spaces that are accessible and accessible to all are so important. This is how we strengthen our families and create a culture and community that values children.”
The desk is made by TMC Furniture, according to Ali, who is known for thinking outside the box to come up with imaginative designs. What this desk definitely fits.
People, I’m told @TMCfurniture, develops / designs the Fairfield Library @HenricoLibrary Parent + Child Carrel in my tweet above. So many of you have loved the simple, elegant and intuitive design as I so, look at them!
– Ali Faruk (@FamiliesFwdVA) 23 January 2022
On one side of the double desk there is a workspace and computer for a parent; the other side is a child-safe section that prevents a baby or toddler from getting lost, complete with learning panels to keep them engaged.
According to U.S. Census Bureau, working parents were hit hard during the pandemic, and, more specifically, working moms. “The pandemic has had a devastating effect on employment in general, but especially on mothers’ paid labor,” the Bureau reports. “The 10 million who do not work were responsible for more than one-third of all mothers living with school-going children in the United States, according to the current population survey.”
For both mothers and fathers, the pandemic had a major impact on work. Many mothers and fathers had to find a way to juggle work and care for their children, much of whom were home due to school and day care that were closed due to the pandemic. It’s not an easy juggle, but having accommodating workspaces, like the desk at the Henrico County Public Library, can make all the difference in the world.