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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
  • digital storytelling on a huge Tap computer screen
  • 8 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:

  • 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.


Photo Gallery

  • Photo of children during story time.

    Story time at the Children's Library

  • Photo of computers at the Early Literacy Stations

    Early Literacy Stations

  • Photo of the Children's Library

    Denny Sanford Children's Library


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