The Alice Turner Library is one of the nicest branches in Saskatoon. It has a children’s area with soft seating for adults, little tables for kids, puzzles, toys, and of course – loads of books.
Location: 110 Nelson Road (map)
Parking: Library has its own parking lot
Age Range: All ages
Features: Children’s area with toys and puzzles
Seating: Lots – adult sized and kid sized
Amenities: Washrooms, water fountain, free programs, books, and movies
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Charlotte’s review (5 years old): “I love this library!”
Luc’s review (3 years old): “Yay! The library!”
My kids love coming to this library. There are plenty of places to sit, the books are all at their height, and there are puzzles and toys (which are cleaned and sanitized regularly). There are always lots of fun things to discover at the library – during this visit, my kids noticed that the chairs look like blocks of cheese and have little mice in the holes. There’s a bead maze to play with, as well as an assortment of toys including vehicles and kitchen toys for imaginative play. My kids also love the puzzle table, which holds the puzzles at an angle for them.
When the kids get tired of the toys (which they’re always drawn to first), Alice Turner has a great selection of kids’ books. There is a long bay of picture books facing the kids’ area, and there are kids’ nonfiction books on the other side. This is a good place to find book for reluctant readers – if they don’t want a story, maybe they want to read about pirates, volcanoes, sharks, or Ancient Egypt! There are also bins full of Indigenous books, which I like because I’m teaching my kids about Reconciliation. If you keep walking, you’ll also see the graphic novels and magazines – these are another great choice for kids who “don’t like” to read. The children’s area also has a “Mini Library for Parents.” If you have toddlers who you can’t take your eyes off of, you can still check out this shelf. It’s right above the movies – grab a couple for some down time when you get home.
If the kids get really antsy, there’s a small playground across the street in Forest Park. Before you leave, ask for a stamp or a sticker at the desk!