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Children's Center
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 2nd floor | 1515 Young Street | Dallas, TX 75201
Our parking garage (accessed from Wood Street) provides easy stroller access
to the library

childrens@dallaslibrary.org | 214-670-1671

Service Hours


The library is closed during major holidays.


The Discovery Wall
Sponsored by Atmos Energy, the Discovery Wall located within the Kahn Pavilion is a 14x14-foot flat screen wall that together with Cisco real-time tele-presence technology will allow the children of Dallas to travel around the globe. This two-way communication will enable Dallas students to interact with people from around the world, including zoos, museums, and more. You can request a Discovery Wall Field Trip here.

Atmos Energy Bus Scholarship to the Discovery Wall
Dallas Public Library can help teachers provide Discovery Wall field trips for their students by providing a stipend to cover transportation costs thanks to the generosity of Atmos Energy.
Please note that all scholarships must be processed through a school or organization, not individuals. In order to process your request and send a check prior to the day of the field trip, scholarship requests should be received two months in advance. Requestor is responsible for booking transportation and determining transportation expense.

Contact Jonathan Carr at 214-670-1671 or jonathan.carr@dallascityhall.com to make a request for a transportation scholarship.

    Children's Center features:
  • Resources for children ages 12 and under and their families
  • 50% more public space
    (increase from 11,000 to 16,500 square feet)
  • 125,000 books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs
  • Children's Center collection supports 17 nearby schools
  • 6 Early Learning System touch-screen computers providing
    35 educational and entertaining games for 2 -12 year olds
  • 6 Internet PCs
  • WiFi access
  • 10 Apple iPads with a Dallas Public Library App
  • Experiential Learning Area for hands-on projects
  • Expanded area for storytime and puppet shows
  • Magnetic and chalk walls for poetry and artistic expression

About the Children's Center: The creation of the Children's Center within the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library is the realization of a dream for the children of Dallas. Completely funded by donations from many generous benefactors, it reflects the Dallas Public Library's commitment to share in the challenge to ensure a nation of literate and informed citizens of tomorrow.

The Center encompasses the best of the traditional, while at the same time focusing on new technologies used in the fields of learning. It was designed to excite the imagination of children and to expand their horizons. An extensive array of books, magazines, audiobooks and DVDs is available for check out. Specially designed areas for storytelling, puppet shows, and other programs enhance the child's participation in these activities. Exhibit areas accommodate changing displays of interest to children.

Professionally trained librarians and other staff specializing in work with children through the eighth grade are available at all times to provide individual attention to each child seeking assistance.