|Vancouver Community Library in Vancouver, WA Named
A Top 10 Children’s Library by Livability.com
Facility recognized for outstanding programs, design and collection of books
Vancouver Community Library in Vancouver, WA has been named one of the Top 10 Children’s Libraries by Livability.com, a national website that highlights more than 500 of America’s best places to live.
Livability.com editors looked at 500 communities across the country to find the best libraries for kids. The children’s libraries selected not only look amazing, they also offer great programs and get kids excited about reading, learning and exploring. Editors consulted several nationally recognized authorities on the subject of libraries and children’s literature, including the American Library Association, to determine criteria for the ranking. Among them: the library’s responsiveness to community’s needs.
The children’s area at the Vancouver Community Library is a sensory treat that draws as many as 12,000 visitors each week. The five-story library features a 12,000-square-foot children’s floor, which makes even getting there fun. Visitors travel through a 200-foot long, four-story atrium with unique architectural details. But the highlight is the Early Learning Center, the largest library-based ELC in the country. Designed for kids ages 5 and younger, this brightly colored playground gets kids exploring, interested in learning and asking questions about how things work.
“[A library] should be responsive to its community rather than beholden to some kind of national standard,” said Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, which reviews and tracks children’s and young adult literature. “The best libraries pay attention to their communities and the best librarians are those who really pay attention to the child in front of them, as well as the child who is not there but should be.”
Top 10 Children’s Libraries
1. ImaginOn – Charlotte, NC
2. Vancouver Community Library – Vancouver, WA
3. Hardesty Regional Library – Tulsa, OK
4. Lied Scottsbluff Public Library – Scottsbluff, NE
5. Iowa City Public Library – Iowa City, IA
6. El Paso Public Library – El Paso, TX
7. Laramie County Library – Cheyenne, WY
8. Brentwood Public Library – Brentwood, TN
9. Birmingham Public Library – Birmingham, AL
10. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County – Cincinnati, OH