The Palo Alto's Children's Library is fitted for children at birth to 5th grade and is located at 1276 Harriet Street. The Palo Alto Children's Library was originally built in 1940 which makes it the oldest free-standing children's library in the country. The Palo Alto Children's Library was renovated and expanded in 2005 and opened in 2007 by private donations, which certainly shows the support of the community. The library space almost doubled with this expansion. They added a north single story with ADA- accessible restrooms and a program room. This room provides a space for storytimes and leads to the Secret Garden for outdoor programs. A Tree Top room was added on the Secret Garden to read quietly by the fountain. A plush bonus to the library is that they installed a ground source heat pump for cooling and heating of the library without noise disruption.
The Palo Alto's Children's Library is open every day of the week with limited hours, but is still very convenient.
The hours are Monday from noon- 6:00pm, Tuesday & Wednesday from 10:00am - 6:00pm, Thursday from noon- 6:00pm, Friday & Saturday 10:00am- 5:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm- 5:00pm.
The Palo Alto Children's Library offers events through the month. Currently the event scheduled on July 26, August 2, and August 16 is Friday Fun. It starts at 3:30 and ends at 5:00pm and has board games, crafts, and BINGO for all the little attendees.
Storytime is an anticipated event with specialized audiences in mind. For the month of July, they have decided not to have storytime.
Baby storytime will be from August 27 to October 1 at the Palo Alto Children's Library and then alternate to another branch. The lapsit program is suitable for babies 6 months to 18 months.
The Palo Alto Children's Library also offers bilingual storytimes. The Mandarin and English storytime are Mondays at 4:00pm and will resume August 5. There is normally a Spanish and English storytime but the librarian is on maternity leave who performs the storytime and the library is unsure when it will again commence.
For children 18 months to 3 years a Toddler storytime is presented on Wednesdays at 10:00am, starting August 7. For children 3 years to 5 years a Preschool storytime is held on Tuesdays at 10:00am, beginning August 6.
The Palo Alto Children's Library is a valued treasure of the community that strives to be accessible to all little ones in books, art, stories, and media.
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