Dominating the first floor of the Main Library’s North Building is the Children’s Learning Center, which opened in January 1997. The imaginative color and design of this 9,200 square-foot-space create an exciting learning environment that offers distinctive areas to meet different needs. An added dimension to the department is the Children’s Garden, located on the corner of Ninth and Vine streets, and only accessible from the Children’s Learning Center. This secure, walled garden contains attractive plantings, teak benches, and even a hopscotch spiral. It provides a lovely spot for programs in the warm weather and a tranquil place for individuals and families to read, relax or eat lunch.
The garden also houses three notable permanent sculptures. “Girl with a Basin,” a bronze fountain created in 1961 by American artist Edward Fenno Hoffmann III (1916-1991), was a gift of Mr. And Mrs. Richard Durrell. A second bronze sculpture features two young girls reading on a stone bench. Entitled “The Secret Garden,” this charming work by Colorado-based artist Mark Lundeen was a gift of Charles W. and Martha G. Anness in 1997. The third sculpture, “Liboary Pig,” is a painted fiberglass and mixed media legacy from the Big Pig Gig consisting of a pig decorated in letters and numbers pulling a wagonload of books with porcine puns for titles.