Denny Sanford Children’s Library
Located on the First Floor of Central Library
The 9,000-square-foot-plus area boasts more than 70,000 books and other items.
There are 16-foot-high murals of classic Dr. Seuss characters all over the walls, bright-colored chairs, short tables and desks as well as lots of space for quiet reading in comfy seats.
The Children’s Library also offers:
- 24 computers with word processing and internet
- two large video screens to display e-books
- classic books on iPads, including Dr. Seuss best-sellers
- digital storytelling on a huge Tap computer screen
- 27 computer AWE Early Literacy Stations (ELS) for kids ages 2 to 8 years with educational games focusing on math, reading, typing, music and other subjects
Books are still the star attraction here, and a special section has been dedicated to Dr. Seuss books because they are the highest circulating children’s books. Also noteworthy are the:
- historical books on display, such as a first edition of Dr. Seuss stories
- vintage collection from L. Frank Baum’s Oz books
- extensive foreign language children’s books (classics and new tales) in dozens of languages, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Arabic and several others
The Ackerman Foundation Children’s Reference Area will guide both children and parents to the perfect selection as they maneuver through the area. This is also where adults can get guidance to the Parent-Teacher Collection that lives in the Children’s Library.
At times, the specially-sized restrooms will be a big hit. They are protected from use by adults because you need to get a key from the librarian to access them.
Check the Event Calendar for Children’s Library programs and events, including story-times (pajama, baby and toddler, preschool), exercise classes, musical performances and movies.