Walking up the Huntington Beach Central Library's spacious circular driveway and into the high-ceiled foyer, patrons can turn right or left.
Right will take readers to the biographies, Charles Dickens tomes and latest John Grisham thrillers, but turning left and walking all the way down the corridor leads to a world for those under four feet.
As kids approach the children's wing, they are greeted by colorful fish in a humongous aquarium, before bubbles are blown down on them from a bubble machine and a life-sized plastic boat, complete with sail, catches their eye sitting in the back of the library between the rows and rows of books.
No one is asked to be quiet, and several times a week, children can be seen dancing or singing along during story time – their own theater.
The Children's Library, which hosts 17 story times a week and checks out more books than its adult counterpart, is losing the woman who helped create its world and another who helped maintain its charm through songs and storytelling.