Libraries across the country are re-designing their spaces for children to combine early-literacy experiences, such as exposure to letters and words through toys and furniture that allow for imaginative play. Some libraries take themes from popular books or play concepts, such as a gas station or grocery store. "The underlying story or framework is always literacy, and how you make it fun and playful," said Sharon Exley, president of an architecture firm that works with libraries and children's museums.

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