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Theodore Geisel himself created the Cat in the Hat artwork on display in the Children’s Area and dedicated it to the children of the La Jolla Library. The sentiment of our most famous patron rings true to this day:

“It is nice to be liked. It is especially nice to be liked in a Children’s Reading Room.”


We hope children will make themselves at home in the La Jolla/Riford branch’s Children’s Library.



Because every child deserves to be ready to read and delight in the process!
Mondays: Baby Sign Storytime at 12p.m.
Tuesdays: Toddler Storytime with Ms. Teri at 12p.m.
Wednesdays: Bilingual Storytime at 10:30a.m.
                                Seaside Storytime at 4-5p.m., at Ellen Browning Scripps Park located at
                                1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037. Click for map.
Thursdays: Preschool Storytime at 10:30a.m.
Virtual: Enjoy storytime from home



La Jolla Library offers an array of stimulating programs for elementary schoolers. These programs include STEAM workshops, Lego Builders Club, 3D design workshops, author visits, and educational presentations from guest speakers. Math and Reading Buddies and the Not-So-Elementary Book Club help kids take their reading to the next level.



From juvenile fiction, readers, non-fiction, to picture books and board books galore, there is a book for every child at La Jolla Library. This branch also boasts a significant collection of Vox talking books and books in non-English languages.

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Stop by the reference desk to learn the “sparkly” vocabulary word of the week, participate in a passive program like a kids’ guessing jar activity, or get filled in on library happenings for children. “Most importantly, children and families are encouraged to ask for assistance in the library or reading recommendations. I love it when they say ‘hello’ too or share what they are reading,” says Youth Services Librarian Katia Graham.

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Meet the La Jolla/Riford Library's new residents, located at the Youth Reference Desk. Contrary to what the name "hermit" suggests, these crabs are social creatures so stop by to say hello! Thank you to everyone who offered up name suggestions on Instagram and in the library.



Thanks to a grant from the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, the Krayon Kiosk is a central feature of the Children's Area. Children have access to curated early learning apps on the station's four iPads. Access to this non-traditional learning tool levels the technological field for children without devices at home, and helps create a learning-rich environment alongside traditional items on offer in the Children's Area.

Click here for a list of educational iPad apps for kids.



Tucked away behind the staircase on the main floor, the Beloved Rocking Horse greets patrons as they enter the youth area. This relic, a gift from the Cole family, once graced the floor of the iconic John Cole’s Book Shop in La Jolla. Older library patrons often recall riding on it as children. The independent book store, which opened in 1946 and closed in 2005, had a homey charm and its own paragraph in the “Frommer’s San Diego” travel guide. 

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