The Children's Library is located on the first floor of the Orlando Public Library and is designed to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment for children. It is distinguished by features such as an entrance canopy designed as illustrated pages of a book, wall art depicting scenes from the Wizard of Oz, a clock tower, a large and colorful sea-themed mobile, and a sculpture of Jack and the Giant's foot descending from a beanstalk. Specially designed reading areas include a tower from the Emerald City and a recreation of the porch front of a Florida Cracker home.
The collection includes circulating and reference materials on a wide variety of subjects. Some of the topics covered in the department are:
- Picture Books
- Juvenile Fiction (Includes Mysteries, Science Fiction and Story Collections.)
- Juvenile Non-Fiction (Includes Biographies)
- World Languages (Books in languages other than English.)
- Braille Books
- Large Print Books
- Folklore Reference Collection
- Newbery and Caldecott Award Winners Reference Collection
- Children's Periodicals
- Children's Audio & Visual Collection (DVD's, VHS, Playaways, CD's & Books on CD)
The Children's Library offers many story programs and special events to the public. Please visit KidsConnect website to find out more about our programs offered at the Children’s Library as well as at other locations:
The Children's Library offers 19 public access computers that provide access to the Internet, Microsoft Office 2010, and several computer games. To search the collection, two kid-friendly catalog stations are available. In addition, there are a Little Tykes computer for preschoolers and two Early Literacy Stations™ (ELS) which are self-contained bilingual educational computers for children, with over 56 top-rated educational software programs spanning seven curricular areas.