Denver is getting a new children’s library

The larger, reimagined space will take over a wing of the Central Library branch’s first floor.
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Inside the “pencil” in Denver Public Library’s central library. Dec. 23, 2021.
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After more than two years of being closed for renovations, the Children's Library at DPL's Central Library branch will once again welcome visitors -- though it'll look a bit different.

On April 24, DPL will debut a reimagined Children's Library relocated to an area near the Broadway doors on the branch's first floor. The colorful, 10,000-square-foot space offers a collection of more than 50,000 print and media materials, as well as interactive toys and activities for kiddos.

"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," a DPL release said. "The Children's Library is a welcoming destination in the heart of the city where children and families can read, connect, play, and create."

The Central Library branch closed during the pandemic for a massive renovation initiative that included the Children's Library project. The renovations were funded in part by the Elevate Denver Bond, which Denver voters approved back in 2017.

The old children's library space, which was located on the side closer to the DAM, is set to be repurposed as a meeting and performance event space. Other Central Branch renovations include updated bathrooms, as well as planned projects like a playground area and a teen area on the second floor.

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