Of course our road trip itinerary had to include stops at some libraries. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that storybooks and storybook characters are alive and well in the Mid-west - but not just in libraries...
Check out the K.C. Public Library's awesome parking garage! It is the highlight of the city's library district, situated across from the Central Library. Each book spine is a 9-by-25-foot rectangle!
Historic St. Louis - Libraries and Pinnochio in a Park!
Loved this old branch library that we drove past.
We found some good St. Louis BBQ for dinner (thanks to my daughter and Yelp) and took it with us to Citygarden Park in downtown St. Louis. It's a fun place to have a picnic - lots of fountains and statues, including Pinocchio!
Fun in a Chicago library - A Storybook Dollhouse!
Downtown Chicago's grand old neoclassical style Public Library, located across from Millennium Park, no longer houses books - it is now the City Cultural Center.
The new Central Library is the impressive post-modernist style Harold Washington Library...
We discovered a fun Storybook Dollhouse, full of tiny characters, animals, and objects - clues to over 75 children's books, poems, and nursery rhymes! If you're ever traveling through Chicago with children, make a quick rest stop at the library and play a fun game of "I Spy". Here were some of our favorites...
See the shadow in the bureau drawer?
Who's this Crocodile in the tub?
See the Giant Peach? Collie? Wanted Poster of a "Dirty Dog"?
Recognize this bear in the yellow hat? How about that Little Lamb?
Yes, along with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion. Where? At Oz Park, of course!
Children's Library in Highland Park, IL - Storybooks and...Hampsters!
The library even has little hamster friends for the kids named "Yankee Doodle" and "Dandy".