Kidlo and I went to the Central Library today and wow. It's amazing! I'm ashamed to admit that this is the first time I've ever visited, even though I have a library card and used the local branches a lot. I was blown away by the gorgeous murals and the atrium.
The children's literature section is wonderful--really big with a nice reading area where you can lounge with your little ones. It also features a puppet theater, where we sat and watched a cute show featuring an update of Rumplestiltskin. Kidlo is a little too young to sit still for a whole show, but he had a great time during the Bingo sing-a-long (There was a farmer who had a dog...). Oh, and the show was free.
Also at the show were Maria, the woman who founded the Yahoo Group City Kids LA, and her three daughters. They are a seriously gorgeous family and the girls were so much fun to hang out with. Maria's daughter, Ava, took a particular shine to Kidlo and helped me keep him corralled.
Also in the children's area are galleries featuring items from the Library's permanent collection and an exhibit on images of children in picture books.
Outside of the library is a lovely patio area with benches and grass where kids can run around, so this helps to alleviate (to some extent) the lack of parks downtown.
The Central Library really is an incredible treasure and I'm looking forward to spending a whole lot more time there with Kidlo.
Central Library Children's Literature Department
Kids Events (all free!)