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Central Library Betty Brinn Children's Room

Elements of Design

  • Hans Christian Andersen Window restored by Conrad Schmidt Studios for the grand opening of the children's room.
  • A distinctly separate space, entered from the center of Central library.
  • Several small-group use areas  for
    family or individual reading,
    study or research
  • Listening/learning area for large-group (10-60) use in computer orientations, storytelling, puppet shows, trainings, with puppet stage and large screen.
  • Activity center for crafts, tutoring, meetings, bag lunches (60 person capacity).
  • Special collections grouped together For example:
    New books; Picture books; Videos;
    Parent and teacher collection;
    Wisconsin authors/illustrators
    -winning children's books

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  • Children enjoy their own space, yet still feel welcome to explore the entire Library.

  • Small and large groups have comfortable spaces appropriate for varied activities.

  • Program space accommodates a great range of activity, an facilitate presentations to school and community groups.

  • Books and other materials are displayed invitingly on face-out and age appropriate shelving and  in attractive reading alcoves.

  • Thirty computers for reference, education, personal use and Internet access are available.

  • The Children's Room's unique elements encourage school and community groups and families to regard Central Library as a downtown destination.

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