The library and the beach

The words Marine Research Library and kids just don’t seem like a good match. So I have always avoided the stairs leading up to the library at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. Between the whale fossils and touch tanks, authentic shark recordings and nearby beach access, it always seemed like a full day anyway by the time we reached that sign.

Boy, were we wrong.

The library is an oasis from the Cabrillo Beach crowds that just happens to understand exactly what kids need to settle down. Its oceanfront reading table, which is as long as a dining table at Versailles, is full of sea creature sketches and boxes of beautiful crayons and markers, just beckoning the little ones to sit down and check them out. Surrounding it all is a decade’s worth of National Geographic magazines, books on marine life and displays on the damage plastic can do to the ocean (I guarantee you will never purchase a disposable umbrella again). Half a dozen computers are available, too, also with ocean views.

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