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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:

  • 22 computers with word processing and internet
  • 6 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
  • Bindford I Can, Too! Center with Large Print and Braille juvenile books
  • Board games, activity table and educational toys to use while visiting the space
  • Baby and toddler play area with a large selection of board books

Books are still the star attraction here, and a special section has been dedicated to Dr. Seuss 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
  • VOX audiobooks, an upgrade to book and CD kits
  • graphic novels

The Ackerman Foundation Children’s Reference Area will guide both children and parents to the perfect selection as they maneuver through the area. 

The space also features specially-sized restrooms for the youngest patrons, a family restroom and a nursing room.

Check the Event Calendar for Children’s Library programs and events, including story-times movement classes, musical performances, crafts 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