The Denver Public Library Opens New Children’s Library

The reimagined space is a welcoming destination where children and families can read, connect, play, and create

The Denver Public Library’s reimagined Children’s Library opened to the public Saturday, April 24th for the first time since renovations began during the pandemic. The occasion was marked with a public ribbon cutting and a day filled with family friendly performances and activities. 

The new Children’s Library is a larger, relocated space on the first floor of the Central Library featuring over 10,000 square feet with a collection of over 50,000 physical print and media materials. The reimagined Children’s Library was designed to meet the developmental needs for children from birth through fifth grade while providing key resources and services. 

“We are thrilled to welcome families to our new Children’s Library,” said Michelle Jeske, City Librarian. “The space is a vibrant, kid-friendly and kid-focused destination in the heart of the city that the community can visit and enjoy for generations to come.”

Highlights of the space include a dedicated baby play space, an expanded project room, lowered custom bookshelves for easier materials access with interactive elements, technology access including nine computers and four iPads, family friendly restrooms for children and their parents/caregivers and more!

The renovation is part of the Elevate Denver Bond which was passed by Denver voters in 2017. Other portions of the Central Library remain under construction. The Children’s Library will be open the same hours as the Central Library which is open to the public on a limited basis (first floor only) Sunday to Thursday, 1 - 5 p.m. 

In-person storytime and other programming is expected to begin shortly after the Children’s Library opens. 

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