The newly renovated Children’s Library, at the Central Library in Copley Square, is a vibrant space for young visitors and their caregivers. Arrowstreet developed this series of whimsical wall graphics to enhance the environment and evoke the City of Boston. Consisting of five chapters, the original illustrations tell a story of learning, reading and playing as they progress through age and color. The youngest library users play alongside the famous ducklings, frogs and swan boats of the Public Garden. Child-size townhouses create StoryScape where children can gather for story time. Stacks of books create the Boston skyline and provide a backdrop to the circulating collections. Curious George greets visitors at the entrance to the Margret and H.A. Rey Program Room while fishing in Boston Harbor. The story culminates with a mural featuring the Zakim Bridge, a metaphor for tweens’ transition to Teen Central on the opposite side of the floor.

Project Details


Boston, MA


Boston Public Library
City of Boston


William Rawn Associates, Architects Inc.



Photos by Robert Benson