Children's Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County


Bausch and Lomb Public Library Building 

   2nd floor, Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building
   115 South Avenue
   Rochester, NY  14604

   (585) 428-8150 

The Children’s Center includes fiction and non-fiction materials in all subject areas for children from infancy through sixth grade. Special materials for children include:  

  - Board books for toddlers
  - Easy reading books for beginning readers
  - Picture books for a variety of ages
  - Novels and informational books for elementary age children
  - Books in Spanish and other languages
  - Audio tapes and CDs, book/cassette and book/CD sets

A collection for adults, called Work with Children, contains reference and circulating materials for parents, teachers and others working with children. Topics include:  

  - Children’s literature (using books with children, book-related curriculum activities, history and criticism, biographical and critical information on authors and illustrators)
  - Storytelling (how-to books)
  - Library service to children
  - Selected parenting books 

Professional journals and bibliographies are also available.     

Computers in the Children’s Center provide access to Internet for children through sixth grade. We also have Parent terminals for use by caregivers while children are in the Children's Center.  

Secret Room
A memorable feature of the Children’s Center is the Secret Room, which is entered through a hidden door in the wall. The room houses the George W. Cooper International Doll Collection. In the 1930s, through a doll exchange with schools and organizations in other countries, the students and teachers of #43 School gathered a collection of 180 dolls dressed in traditional clothing. Since its donation to the library in 1940, the collection has grown through individual donations to over 200 dolls.

The Children's Center offers a variety of programs for children throughout the year, including baby and toddler story times, crafts, musical programs, puppet shows, magic shows, and more. To find out about programs, see "Library Events" on the Monroe County Library System's website.

The Children's Center staff also conducts a variety of programs by appointment for groups of children preschool through sixth grade, homeschool groups, and adults interested in children's books and reading. Programs provided for groups can include picture book programs, book talks, general introduction to the library and the Children's Center collection, library instruction and tours. To schedule a group visit call (585) 428-8150.