It’s been a while, but I wanted to resurrect my bookstore and library love series. I love a good independent bookstore, and I love a good library. Through these posts, I hope you’ll take time to add them to your itinerary on your travels. But today it’s all about ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center in Charlotte, NC.
Disclaimer: We don’t have a relationship with ImaginOn, but it is my local library. Still, I think that it’s the best children’s library in the county. Let me explain.
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
ImaginOn is located in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. It’s actually a collaboration between the local library system and children’s theater. It’s a one-stop spot for kids to enjoy books and theatrical productions.
The outdoors area is filled with book-themed items that kids climb and play all over every day.
There are quotes around this area, too.
ImaginOn was originally planned to be more than just a combination of a children’s library and a children’s theater. They wanted it to be a place for education, learning, and arts. Their mission: bringing stories to life.
They achieve this mission through their very large and spacious facility. The large lobby immediately lets visitors know that this place is special. There are two theatre-spaces with productions around the year and camps in the summer. There’s an ever-changing exhibit in one of the larger lobby areas. The downstairs library space is for kids to age 11, with a teen-loft upstairs for the older kids.
They offer activities all year round. It’s more than just storytime, but they’ll have things like video game tournaments, author visits, interactive exhibits like Mr. Potato, maker space, and so much more. It’s definitely worth a stop at ImaginOn for families visiting Charlotte.
Be sure to check their web site’s calendar for information on what’s happening during your visit:
- ImaginOn Calendar of Events
- Children’s Theater’s Shows
- Address: 300 East Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28202
- Parking Information
Side note: If you look up any children’s books in the U.S. states, I have a bookish thing to do listed for each state. For many states that may be a bookstore or a library. Be sure to check it out.
Have you been to ImaginOn? Let me know what you think about it in the comments.
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