C H I L D R E N' S S E R V I C E S
The Children's Library offers an extensive book collection, fascinating
educational exhibits, on-line resources, an Art Studio, and a Little
Theater. The Children's area is united by the theme, “Save the Planet”.
The Children's area contains over 85,000 hardcover and paperback books. Special sections are dedicated to parenting, award-winning titles, and such genres as science fiction and mystery. Children's books are also available in Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
Educational exhibits in the Children's area include Stan, a 40-foot
long, 12-foot high Tyrannosaurus-rex replica, a scale-model NASA Space
Shuttle called the "Spirit of Cerritos," a lighthouse and a
15,000 gallon saltwater aquarium teeming with colorful fishes and sharks.
In addition, a Banyan tree helps children learn about the rainforest's
healing properties. Children love to sit under the tree and listen to
the sounds of the rainforest while they read. This area also features
an exhibit of geologic strata which depicts the eras of geologic time.
Located above Stan the dinosaur is the Skydome, which goes through a full day/night cycle in 20 minutes. Through the course of the cycle lightning bolts can be seen crackling across the ever changing sky. A green screen located within the entrance portal allows kids to put themselves in the scene, much as they immerse themselves in the books as they read.
The Children's reference desk is a friendly, animated area rimmed with an array of colorful ribbon lights. The sign above the desk simply reads “Help”.
The "Wetlands" computer area offers Internet access through 24 workstations and a themed portal with links to fun and educational sites for kids.
Programming encompasses the ever-popular Summer Reading Program, Story Time, Pajama Night, Family Night, Babies and Books, Child and Teen read aloud activities, computer classes, a monthly aquarium program, arts and crafts, holiday programs, videos, and tours.