New Children's Library Center at Main 42nd St Branch

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When I was a kid I basically lived at the Jefferson Market Library. We climbed on the bronze oxen sculpture (the things we let kids do in the 70s), watched movies in their little viewing room and worked my way through the books, literally, starting from A. It's a great children's library. But, there are shamefully few great children's libraries in New York City and last year they closed the main children's center at the Donnell Library which was a double shame. But I'm super excited to hear that they are opening a beautiful, new Children's Library Center at the 42nd St. main library. WOW!

The new Children's Center at 42nd St will be right on the ground floor, have 25,000 circulating children's books, DVDs, CDs, video games (yes you can borrow games from the library), separate rooms for children's programs and special events, a comfy reading room, and 8 computers for public access usage. The original Winnie the Pooh and friends have also moved from the Donnell Library to the 42nd St Library. Kudos to the NYPL for creating this beautiful new place for kids!

Hours of the Children's center will be the same as the Main Branch Hours: 11am-6pm Monday through Saturday. Open to 7:30 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 1-5pm on Sundays.


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