T.rex Tuesday - California Reflections in Cerritos

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Good morning and welcome to another T.rex Tuesday! As previously mentioned, we’re getting ready to move the T.rex Road Trip World HQ accross the country. So in celebration, we’re reflecting on some of our favorite California stops. Probably the most unusual place for a Tyrannosaurus rex in California is the Cerritos Public Library’s Children’s Library department. Shhh! No roaring in the library! The cast of Black Hills Institute’s venerable “Stan” T.rex is just one of many features in the children’s library that includes a scale model of the Space Shuttle, a lighthouse reading nook, and a coral reef aquarium! It’s all part of an award-winning presentation that makes the library one of the most inviting places in the country.

Since it was opened in 2010, the library in this suburban town east of Los Angeles has basked in accolades. Award of Excellence from the American Library Association. Award of Honor from the Southern California Institute of Architects. Best Library for Children - "Best of L.A." issue Los Angeles Magazine. Library Journal’s Special Mention Library of the Year. Best Public Library from both Readers’ Digest magazine and L.A. Parent Magazine. And many more. At first blush, it seems like an odd location for a full-size T.rex skeleton. But after a few moments inside, it is clear that Stan is right at home.

The titanium-clad building (first of its kind in the US) is surrounded by an art park and fountain, and includes a top floor reading lounge, art exhibits, and a lot of amazing design elements. It’s a truly inviting place for children and adults alike. When we leave California this week, we’ll be sad not to have a library like this nearby.