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The Children's Center houses one of the finest historical collections of materials for the study and appreciation of children's literature in the Southwest. The collection contains many first editions, original illustrations for children's books, and numerous other rare and unique items. It is named in honor of Siddie Joe Johnson, a former Children's Coordinator at the Dallas Public Library known for her efforts to bring excellence in literature, storytelling, and creative writing to children. In addition, the Children's Center has an extensive collection of materials to support the study of children's literature. Please contact the Children's Center (214-670-1671) for additional information on this collection and to set-up an appointment viewing specific items from the collection.