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Saturday, May 25 and Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday.

Attention Central Library Patrons

Due to street construction near the 8th St. entrance, please enter the building from Wisconsin Ave. or Wells St. Full street access is available on 9th St. headed North & South. Parking is limited on Wisconsin Ave.

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Betty Brinn Children's Room

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; Foreign language; Wisconsin authors/illustrators; Early/rare/award-winning children's book

Benefits

  • 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.