#6. El Paso
El Paso Public Library
Located in El Paso, TX‘s downtown area, the El Paso Public Library reaches approximately 5,100 children each week through standard services, online resources and special activities while serving a diverse group that includes new immigrant populations, thanks to its proximity to Mexico.
Residents can participate in weekly activities such as Family Crafts Wednesday and Family Game Fridays, as well as seasonal and themed events like Dia del los Ninos/Dia de los Libros, a yearly literacy festival.
El Paso Public Library offers a Ready to Read program designed to help prepare children to read before beginning school, as well as Young Explorer Learning Centers that include computers preloaded with developmental software. The library’s summer reading program typically attracts approximately 15,000 children. A poetry contest is also offered, which is open to school-age kids; entries are judged by a panel of experts, and winners enjoy a public reception.
Wow Factor: The library’s children’s section is designed to resemble a bright, colorful town with the information desk serving as City Hall and shelving end-caps appearing as homes and small buildings. The center of the section includes computers surrounded by carpeting and displays that make it look like a city park.
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