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A Supportive Solution for Caregivers: Computer Work and Play Stations

Patty Conway


In January 2022, an innovative work station became an undisputed sensation on social media. The Computer Work and Play Stations at the Fairfield Area Library, part of the Henrico County (VA) Public Library (HCPL), struck a chord with parents of young children who have struggled to balance work and childcare during the pandemic.

The stations went viral after Ali Faruk, policy director for Families Forward Virginia, tweeted a photo of the workstations saying he had never seen anything like them before. Media attention was swift and widespread, covered by national and international print and broadcast outlets.

To be sure, the stations are not stand-ins for childcare, but are designed to help caregivers of small children use the computer efficiently at the library.

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