The heart of all services for children in the Richland Library system, the Columbia Academy Children's Room of the Main Library boasts 20,000 square feet of creativity, fun and learning. With more than 126,000 volumes of books and audio visual materials for children, it’s a place where imagination and creativity are explored.
First you’ll see the Wild Things from Maurice Sendak's classic book Where the Wild Things Are. This unique mural was produced by Michael Hagen, Mr. Sendak's stage and set designer, in the first and only Sendak-authorized mural of his work.
Enjoy elaborate storytimes in the Bristow-Marchant Storytime Room, which features an ornate puppet stage and wonderful puppet shows, stories, songs and games.
Outside the Storytime Room, browse a large bookstore-type display area, view the tiny details in the always changing doll house, listen to your favorite books in the listening-center, or simply enjoy the Baby Space, filled with board books, soft furniture, stuffed animals and puzzles. It’s a nice place to gather before storytime begins and provides a cozy spot to share a book together anytime.
Need a place for research, homework, projects or just exploring the world of information? The Homework Center offers a bank of state-of-the art computers complete with software kids need.
You’ll love the sunny, park-like setting (with real trees!) of the Craft Area, where children can create cave drawings, book illustrations and masks, all of which highlight books from the collection. Create, explore and let your imagination run wild.