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Mesa opens extensive children’s library inside main branch

Jul 28, 2021, 4:25 AM | Updated: 10:26 am

PHOENIX — Mesa has opened a sizable children’s library inside its main branch, the city announced Monday.

The Arizona wildlife-themed library near Center and First streets features a story time stage, an event room, reading nooks, video projection games and more.

“More than providing a ‘wow’ factor for our visitors, it enhances the library experience for children,” Heather Wolf, Mesa Public Library director, said in a press release. “This was truly a team effort from the library staff and our partners to make this a reality.”

Artwork of wildlife by local artists and photos from the Arizona Game and Fish Department are also featured in the space.

Funding for the library came from the Parks and Culture Bonds item approved by voters in 2018.

It was the library’s largest renovation since 1998, according to the release.

“The new children’s library is a tremendous addition to the Mesa main library with many features that are both educational and fun for the entire family,” Mayor John Giles said in the release.

“I’m proud of our library staff for having the vision to create this area. We are very grateful to Mesa voters for making this dream come true.”

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