THE CHILDREN'S LIBRARY CENTER
The Children's Library is named after Thomas Hughes, a member of the British Parliament and author of Tom Brown's School Days. Shocked by the devastation of the Chicago Fire of 1871, Thomas Hughes organized a campaign in England to gather donations of books for Chicago. Almost every living English author made a contribution of his works. This collection of 8,000 volumes formed the beginning of the Chicago Public Library. The Children's Library, with more than 18,000 square feet, houses the largest collection of children's books in Chicago. Serving children through eighth grade, this area offers a warm and inviting place to explore for children and their families. Two arched doorways open into a program room which seats groups of up to 55 children. The Thomas Hughes Children's Library sponsors free programs for children throughout the year.