If you're traveling to Little Rock, Arkansas with your children or those of anyone else, the new 30,000 square foot Children’s Library and Learning Center located at 4800 West 10th Street, opens its doors Wednesday, March 16, 2013. It is an ambitious addition to the Little Rock’s Central Arkansas Library System (CAL), with a teaching kitchen, computer lab with free Wi-Fi, a 165-seat theater, study rooms, and a community room. It also boasts more than 21,000 CDs, DVDs and books on the premises.
All of this came about as a result of a $12 million bond issue approved by Little Rock voters in 2007 to create a hands-on learning and enrichment program for children and their families targeting preschool, elementary and middle school students. Many community members, some as young as 11 years old, contributed their ideas for the design and contents of the Center.
The outside environment also reflects the educational purposes of the Center. There is a greenhouse and teaching garden to help children learn about healthy foods and how to grow them. They will later get to prepare them in the teaching kitchen. There are walking paths, native trees and vegetation, and an amphitheater for outdoor programs.
The Children's Library and Learning Center will be open Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
For more information about the opening or the Center, contact 918-3086.