Events, Library life

Children’s libraries: some highlights

Children’s section at the Camarillo Public Library in Camarillo, California

What do you remember about the children’s section at your home library? Were there cushions to sit on? Colorful murals? A puppet theater? A Lego station?

At my home library (the Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City, Oregon), the children’s section was set apart with a shelf of six-foot-tall plaster books. The entrance was formed by another oversize book, spread open so you could read the pages as you passed underneath. There was also a small amphitheater with a beautiful mural of a dragon, if memory serves.

That children’s section has since been refurbished (beautifully, I might add — here’s proof). But it’s by no means the only children’s section that incorporated fun, quirky, colorful design elements to draw kids’ attention. As Goodreads shows in this article, children’s libraries have risen to the challenge with snack bars, oversized art, and fun reading spaces galore. Check it out!

Image credit: By Gbucknor (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons