A 100-year-old building reflects a myriad of changes in function,
style and technology. The Central Library has undergone an extensive
renovation. During this important period of renewal, elements in this
children's library were carefully restored to preserve the beauty
of the original building.
The window seats extend the length of the room and
draw attention to the original nine-foot-tall windows with their restored
oak trim, while providing a cozy space for quiet reading.
The ceiling is a combination of contemporary and classic
design. A carefully restored portion of the original ceiling spans
the activity room and creates subtle influences on the design of the
The pillars are a prominent feature of the room and
are also reminiscent of the original ceiling design. Decorative plasterwork
crowns each pillar and holds special surprises in its detail.
Librarian's Reference Desk
The small theater encourages children to engage
in dramatic play or enjoy a movie presented on the
large screen video theater.
The Victorian stained glass window features Hans
Christian Andersen and his fairytales. Dated 1896, it hung in
the original Central Library children's room and was restored by
Conrad Schmidt Studios for new generations of children to enjoy.