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Children's Collection

Kirkpatrick Library has an impressive children's collection, especially useful for education and Library Science students.  The collection includes children's fiction, nonfiction, and children's magazines.  The library collects all Caldecott, Newbery, and Mark Twain award books.  In addition to the circulating children's collection, the Research Collection of Literature for Children and Young Adults houses materials of historical interest, including a collection of books by Missouri authors or illustrators and books set in Missouri.  This collection also includes original author manuscripts, illustrations, and letters.

The library is the host of the annual Children's Literature Festival, one of the largest in the country. The 32nd Annual Children's Literature Festival was held March 19-21, 2001. Over 6300 children and 1200 adults attended, representing more than 150 schools in 92 cities along with many home schools. Thirty-nine children's book authors and illustrators participated in the festival.  The 33rd Festival will take place March 10-12, 2002.

The Harmon Computer Commons

The Harmon Computer Commons is a fully networked electronic environment, whose workstations have access to informational resources, productivity tools, group work areas and teaching labs.  These resources are designed to fully integrate the informational resources of the library with the technology acquired, disseminated and utilized by the Central Missouri State University community.  Two multipurpose class spaces are connected to the commons area, and contain computers for instruction in an electronic environment.  HCC offers the following services and facilities: