Walking into Charles Santore library on 7th and Carpenter, a child may be met by begrudging and tired eyes, but do not despair, walk a few steps further and this same tyke will be greated with a “Hello there! No one under 21 allowed in here!” by the very warm and friendly officer that “patrols” the library for indecent behavior.
Santore is a gem. Every Tuesday, Miss Elizabeth and her glittery energy leads a free Tuesday at 10 a.m. story time for the enamored toddlers and babies who surround her.
Beside Miss Elizabeth’s desk are two pre-school computers (7 and under only), kids stand in line to play Reader Rabbit and the like and sometimes help each other maneuver the mouse. Looping around the children’s section forms an amazing book collection and in the center pre-preschool kids can easily browse through board books and Dr. Seuss.
When looking for any particular type of book, Miss Elisabeth will help you locate the perfect story for your specific need. Even if she doesn’t have the book herself, she will locate it across the Free Library system and help you reserve it so that you can pick it up at Santore.
For those who search behind corners, you can find a pretty expansive DVD and CD collection. In addition, if your toddler has an “accident” while at the library, feel sure that the friendly officer and librarian will help clean the mess and assure your child with care and warmth.
If the main reading room was not enough, adjacent to the children’s section you will find a huge room used for special programming, like the Elmo spectacular story time, tutoring for tweens, and ESL classes. Enjoy this gem of a library and the free parking that surrounds the neighborhood!