Image Of Parent With Friendly Desks At A Virginia Library Goes Viral On Splitter
Charter, an online media company dedicated to transforming workplaces with goes with bed a child-care and early learning provider, recently highlighted the need for restructuring the workplace for working parents and caregivers in their report “A Better Future for Working Parents.” In 2021, working parents expect their employers to have strategies and initiatives designed to better support them, as balancing caregiving and careers has been an ongoing struggle.
This workstation offers a convenient spot for parents and caregivers to work while keeping little ones safe and occupied.
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 ᴘᴏʀᴛɪᴏɴ and a baby-proof ᴘᴏʀᴛɪᴏɴ 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!Maybe these are common in other places but I’ve never seen anything like this before.” Faruk tweete
The desk is made by TMC Furniture, a company known for creating furniture “inspired by imagination ɪᴍᴀɢɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, ɪɴᴠᴇɴᴛɪᴏɴ and a passion to transform spaces into remarkable and joyful experiences,” according to its website. 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 ʟɪʙʀᴀʀʏ’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 ʟɪʙʀᴀʀʏ 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.