A new and much more extensive Children's Library is now open at Main Library, 64 E. First St., for kids and adults to enjoy. A voter-approved bond issue funded the new children's reading and play spaces inspired by Arizona wildlife.
"The new Children's Library is a tremendous addition to the Mesa Main Library with many features that are both educational and fun for the entire family," said Mayor John Giles. "I'm proud of our Library staff for having the vision to create this area. We are very grateful to Mesa voters for making this dream come true."
Features include a story time stage, early childhood development area, event room, reading nooks, video projection games and adult-size and child-size entrances sculpted to look like Arizona rock formations.
"The new Children's Library is truly a point of pride for Mesa. It is colorful, and all of the exciting new features will really make reading fun and ignite children's imaginations," said Vice Mayor Jenn Duff. "It will truly be a place where both children and parents can bond, learn and create memories."
Colorful artwork centered on Arizona wildlife adorns the Children's Library, including murals by local artists Koryn Woodward Wasson and Thomas "Breeze" Marcus. Photos from Arizona Game and Fish complement the space. The floor has animal tracks that lead you to the event room, lots of inspiring books, and other engaging new features.
"This is the biggest renovation at the Main Library since 1998. More than providing a wow factor for our visitors, it enhances the library experience for children," said Heather Wolf, Mesa Public Library Director. "This was truly a team effort from the Library staff and our partners to make this a reality."
Funding for the new Children's Library is from the Parks and Culture Bonds issue approved by Mesa voters in 2018.
For additional information about Mesa Public Library, visit www.mesalibrary.org.
Contact: Kevin Christopher