8916 N Blvd., Tampa, FL 33604
Any library that has Davey and Goliath DVDs in its collection is all right with us. In addition to a separate kids room, the 23,550-square-foot library features a separate teen area. In the kids room, there is one sofa and some kid-sized desks and chairs with kids-only computers. The books are on shelves just right for little ones to reach. And this facility also had an impressive collection of board books for tots who are just getting into books and picture books that are perfect for storytime or for young readers. For tween and teen readers, the juvenile fiction is right outside the kids room so they won't have to stray too far away to find a book that suits their tastes. Now, the kids room feels a little small but that's because it is loaded with books on shelves and in cases that are easy to reach for children. There also are plenty of DVDs (the aforementioned Davey and Goliath included), audio books and kid magazines to keep children busy. And this library not only has story time for preschoolers but it also features many events for teens: Teen Yoga, movies for teens and the Game Zone. The bathrooms are nearby and there is a baby changing station there. And while there is plenty for kids, there's also lots of events and books among the 76,300 volumes for adults. And the library is equipped with free WiFi, Internet access on 30 computers and self checkout and return is available. Be forewarned: When we visited, there were some older teens outside who were using some salty language. Maybe it's no worse than what you might hear at other libraries. But be prepared to cover your kids' ears just in case.