The Children’s Library promotes early learning, giving the youngest visitors a dedicated place to read, learn, and explore. Reading nooks (including special seating for toddlers), spots for storytime, play areas, lots of books, and a Nursing Room make up this incredible 12,200-square-foot space.
The free service, in partnership with YW Calgary, allows parents and caregivers to access child-minding while they attend adult programs at Central Library. Children ages three months to 12 years are cared for at the Library, in a safe and engaging environment. Spaces are limited and registration are available at calgarylibrary.ca/programs.
Early Learning Centre
There’s plenty of space for kids ages 0–5 to climb, crawl, explore, and imagine with full-body play, as they discover the five stages of early learning. This is one of 10 Early Learning Centres across the Calgary Public Library system.
The Moms’ Stairway
Named to honour all moms past, present, and future by donor Eveline Wheatley Goodall, the Moms’ Stairway connects the second-floor café with the Early Learning Centre. Wide steps with seating gives you room to drink a coffee from LUKES, and space for your kids to play.
Explore life underwater through games, artmaking, expert encounters, and more in the Questionarium. It’s a space to solve challenges, create, and play — designed just for older kids.
Education is the New Buffalo, by Lionel Peyachew
Lionel Peyachew created the form of a buffalo using letters from eight local Indigenous languages. Using the buffalo as a universal symbol for all Indigenous people, the piece also highlights education as key to sustaining a healthy living environment. Indigenous Placemaking in the new Central Library creates a welcoming environment where Indigenous people can see their culture reflected, and visitors can learn about the original inhabitants of the land that is now Calgary.
LUKES interior café
Grab a drink or some delicious food and enjoy it in the dedicated café seating area, or check out the nearby Children’s Library. This café is one of two in the building serving food with a local emphasis, imagined by Gareth Lukes (third-generation owner of Lukes Drug Mart) and Chef Eric Hendry (of the award-winning Calgary restaurant Bar Von Der Fels).