The Children’s Room is located on the second floor of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building. The collection covers books, music, and movies for pre K to 6th grade. Resources for parents, homeschoolers and teachers are also part of the collection. There are computers with a dedicated kids catalog and educational games, as well as computers for parents. A convenient self-checkout machine, a tank of colorful tropical fish and the Secret Room are all located in this division.
The Children’s Center staff also conducts a variety of programs by appointment for groups of children preschool through sixth grade and adults interested in children’s books and reading. Programs provided for groups can include picture book programs, storytelling, general introduction to the library and the Children’s Center collection, library instruction and tours. For more information or to schedule a group visit call (585) 428-8150.
Division Supervisor: Tonia Burton
Imagine a place filled to the ceiling with thousands of toys of every variety, a veritable Wonka’s Factory of playthings. Imagine your children freely exploring this seemingly endless collection and then walking away with armloads of new toys. Imagine that it’s completely free.
A collection for adults, called Work with Children, contains reference and circulating materials for parents, teachers, and others working with children. Topics include:
A memorable feature of the Children’s Center is the Secret Room, which is entered through a hidden door in the wall. The room houses the George W. Cooper International Doll Collection. In the 1930s, through a doll exchange with schools and organizations in other countries, the students and teachers of #43 School gathered a collection of approximately 170 dolls dressed in traditional clothing. Since its donation to the library in 1940, the collection has grown through individual donations to over 200 dolls.
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