I have library envy. Seriously. The Rosedale Library's new addition, costing $700,000 makes this library one of the most kid-friendly libraries around. Storyville is a 2,240 square foot wing that houses a mini-town. It includes a two-story house, garden, construction zone, grocery store and more — all pint sized. We checked in at the front desk. Only kids up to age 6 are allowed in with their caregivers. The library does have a limit on the number of people allowed in at one time, so if you arrive at peak hours (late morning) you may have a short wait. My kids were climbing through hollow tree trunks and catching magnetic fish in the "Toddler Bay" before I could even blink. I think my daughter's favorite part was the grocery store, and my son definitely preferred the full kitchen in the 2-story house. Do you think I have future gourmet chefs in the making?
My favorite parts? Maybe the thoughtful inclusion of a family bathroom nearby, or the "Sanitize Me" bin at the front desk for dirty toys. Actually though, my favorite parts were all the details. The well stocked grocery store has pretend everything: mussels, eggplants, peppers, croissants, eggs, milk. And the construction zone comes complete with architectural plans for kids to design their own house while they learn about shapes and colors. Not to mention, the living room has some really cool chairs. If it weren't for the fact that I am way too tall for the kitchen, I think I could live here.
6105 Kenwood Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21237-2097