ALA Annual 2013

A Visit to ChiPubLib #ala2013

First stop? The public library, of course! Pictured left to right: Krishna Grady, me.
First stop? The public library, of course! Pictured left to right: Krishna Grady, me.

Today I stopped by the majestic Harold Washington Library Center of the Chicago Public Library. Opened to the public in 1991, this neo-classical gem is the landmark library in the city. With nine floors, including the grand Winter Garden and ample exhibition space, it’s well worth popping by.

 

 

The Thomas Hughes Children’s Library located on the second floor is lovely. One of my

Stop by the Thomas Hughes Children's Library and see if you can spot the classic children's book characters.
Stop by the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library and see if you can spot the classic children’s book characters.

favorite parts was the Storybook Dollhouse. It is a permanent exhibit featuring over 70 children’s book clues. There is James’ giant peach, Mary Poppins’ bag, and all manner of tiny characters and itty-bitty set pieces. I was never a dollhouse kid, but it made me want to immediately get one for my library. Hmmm…

Although it wasn’t open when we stopped by this morning, we had a quick peak into YOUmedia. I will definitely be heading back to take a closer look at this amazing digital media space for teens.

 

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