Library Gets a Top National Honor

Jan 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has been selected as one of the Top 10 Children’s Libraries in the United States by a national website. chose the main library as No. 10 on its list partially because of its Children's Learning Center, which features child-sized tables and chairs, a saltwater aquarium and multiple rooms for programs, along with a 9,200-square-foot children's garden.—-

“Reading to dogs and reading outdoors are encouraged at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Cincinnati, Ohio,” the website states. “Those are just some of the ways librarians here get children to engage with literacy programs.”

Also, the main library gets kudos for hosting “hundreds of programs including story times, art classes, theater, dance and fitness activities.”

Placing in the list’s No. 1 spot is ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center in Charlotte, N.C. The center is a partnership between the Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. editors looked at 500 communities across the nation to find the best libraries for children. The libraries selected “not only look amazing, they also offer great programs and get kids excited about reading, learning and exploring,” editors said.

The website consulted several nationally recognized authorities on the subject of libraries and children's literature, including the American Library Association, to determine criteria for the ranking.