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Children's Department Tour

More to come!

Eventually, we hope to have a clickable map and lots of pictures. For now, we have this text-only version.

Display Case

You can't miss the Children's Department display case as you enter the room to your left. The Children's Staff do a great job of decorating this display case with fun, seasonal, or activity-related themes.

Brochures and Pictures of Programs

As you enter the Children's Department, check the shelves to your right for library brochures, newsletters, and pictures of recent events. When new pictures are put up, old ones are taken down and put in a basket. If you find a picture of you or your child in the basket, you can take it home!

Computer Software, Board Books, and Magazines

Under the shelf with brochures and pictures you'll find computer software that can be checked out for home use, board books, and magazines for parents and children.

  • Children's computer software is identified in our online catalog as JCS.
  • Board Books are identified in our online catalog as BB.
  • Children's Magazines are identified in our online catalog as JPER.

Activity Kits

Look for Activity kits to your right just before you get to the Story Time area. (Find them in the online catalog here.)

Children's Services Desk

Our friendly staff are always here to help you. This is also where you register for events, sign up for computer time, and pick up BABE coupons.

Children's Department Pets

RustySimonThe fish tank in the Children's department has three kinds of fish: bright orange Parrot Fish (a kind of African Cichlid), a silvery Tin-Foil Barb, and two brown Plecostomuses cleaning the bottom.

The two guinea pigs are named Rusty (for his rusty color) and Simon (with a white spot on his head).

Story Time Area

Story times and movies are held in the Story Time area, which is decorated with murals of animals native to northern Indiana, painted by local artist Renee Erickson.

Picture Books

Picture books are on the set of shelves across from the Story Time area. In the online catalog, picture books are identified as JE.

Early Readers

Early Readers are shelved between the Picture Books and more advanced Fiction. A subset of picture books, they also appear in the catalog as JE.

3rd to 6th Grade Fiction

Fiction for kids old enough to read to themselves (or for fun family reading-aloud time) is on the low shelves in the back of the room. In the online catalog, these books are identified as J3-4, for 3rd and 4th graders, and J, for 5th grade on up. A special section for Holiday books is right next to the Nonfiction section.


Children's nonfiction is kept on the tall shelves in the back of the room. In the online catalog, you will know you have found a nonfiction book when the J, J3-4, or JE is followed by a number (like this). Colorful posters in this section help to explain the way nonfiction is organized in the Dewey Decimal System.

Children's Game and Reference Computers

Sign up at the Children's Services Desk to use the Children's Department game and reference computers.

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