Updated July 31, 2012
Q. Are there stand-alone libraries serving children (other than those in schools, that is)?
A. A year ago we reported ten such libraries, but received additional information from our readers. Here is our current list, with links checked and updated, as well. We now can report sixteen libraries, ten affiliated with public libraries, one under construction, and five in other settings.
Public libraries with stand-alone libraries serving children:
Bookmarks, a branch of the Dallas Public Library, is located in an upscale shopping mall and offers services and materials for children ages 0-12.
The Children’s Library, administered by the Palo Alto City Library, California, established more than 70 years ago.
Children's Library, Westbury Memorial Public Library in Westbury, NY, established as the Robert Bacon Memorial Library in 1924.
The Children’s Resource Center, a branch of New Orleans Public Library
Huguenot Children’s Library of New Rochelle, NY (New Rochelle Public Library)
Noyes Library for Young Children, Kensington, MD (pictured), administered by the Montgomery County Libraries
Mamie’s Place Children's Library & Learning Center, Alexander City, AL (adjacent to Adelia M. Russell Library)
Octavia Fellin Public Children’s Library, Gallup, NM.
Prairie Grove Children’s Library, Prairie Grove, AR (part of the Washington County Library System)
Saucier Children’s Library, a branch of Harrison County Public Library in the Biloxi, MS area
Under construction: Children’s Library in Little Rock, being built by the Central Arkansas Library System. On a 5.5 acre site, the planners hope to re-create the eco-regions of Arkansas on the site, including a teaching kitchen, teaching greenhouse, and working teaching tool shed. A collaboration of the Children’s Hospital, the Little Rock School District, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Heifer International.
A little different:
The Children's Library of the Society of the Four Arts, in Palm Beach, Florida is a subscription-based library for the people of that community which includes a space just for children in a separate building.
Based in an academic setting, the Cotsen Children’s Library is a special library within the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton (N.J.) University Library. Finally, there’s the Grace Rea Garrett Children's Library and Mr. & Mrs. G. Lloyd Bunting Sr. Family Resource Center at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Also in an academic setting is the George G. Stone Center for Children's Books (SCCB), a special library of the Claremont Graduate University's School of Educational Studies, with both a current circulating collection and a non-circulating historical collection.
And pushing the definitions a little, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has a library where story hours are done. The museum devotes permanent space to Carle, but features other illustrators and authors, as well.
We’d be happy to continue to learn of more such libraries! Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.