Thursday, November 13, 2014

Five Epic Children's Spaces

Reading often transports us to other worlds full of magic. As a kid, nothing is cooler than feeling like you are a part of those other worlds. This is why we have Disney World and LEGOland. It's also why we have, yes, the public library! For this post, I would like to highlight some really great children's spaces in libraries that make you wish you were a kid again.

1. Rockwall County Library

The children's area to this county library in Rockwall, Texas has this amazing arch along with a huge children's materials collection. The area also has a children's programing room that children can enter through a hidden portal. Parents can opt for the doors if they would like. :)

2. Cerritos Library

In addition to this awesome entryway, the Cerritos Library in Cerritos, California has a giant lighthouse, a fabricated tree, and a 40-foot long T-Rex replica named Stan. 

3. Brentwood Library

You've got to love this amazing entry into the Brentwood Library Story Room in Brentwood, Tennessee. The library's children's area also has several fabricated indoor trees, at least one of which you can crawl through. 

4. Cuyahoga County Public Library

Cuyahoga County Public Library branch in Warrensville Heights, Ohio has this amazing play center in their children's area. Play is so important to early learning. I love it!

This library in Colonia Obrera, Monterrey, NL in Mexico certainly has a unique design. Children are encouraged to climb and play on the bookcases. The library is located in the Fundidora Park which also has an arena, several museums, and tons of public art. 

What I love about these spaces is that they clearly have the user in mind. I think they've nailed making children's spaces fun and functional. Do you know a great space that didn't make the list? Let me know in the comments below. 


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