Best Library Children's Area & Best Library Storytime: Columbus Metropolitan Library

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
96 S. Grant Ave., Downtown, 614-645-2275,

The staffers at CML call it the "Center for Discovery," but most families, especially the ones who voted it tops, know it as a great library children's area. And there is something great about the Main Library's Children and Teen area, which is located on the south side of the first floor.

The treehouse nook for quiet reading (with nearby aquarium) has long been a favorite with all ages, but the Ages 0-6 area has also grown through the years and is now as well equipped as any preschool with a puppet stage, wooden-train table, play kitchen and comfy chairs everywhere. The teens-only area is also a haven for quiet thinking and reading, and the entire section boasts nearly three dozen computers for kids and teens to use.

As for Story Times, it's hard to beat a library with four types of story times (Preschool, Toddler, Baby Laptime and Family) on a near-daily basis. To find one that suits your needs, go to their website, click on "Events" and use the search engine there, or else call them at 614-645-2275.

Runners-up for Library Children's Area: Westerville Public Library, Old Worthington Library

Runners-up for Library Story Times: Northwest Library, Grandview Heights Public Library