The Cotsen Children’s Library is delighted to announce Tolo, an original choose your own path virtual adventure written by Dana Sheridan, and illustrated by David Deen!

You are Tolo, a mouse and apothecary’s apprentice. When sickness strikes the distant village of Mossden, you must make a treacherous mountain crossing with the cure. The decisions are entirely yours as you navigate multiple dangers and treacherous obstacles. You must succeed…an entire village depends on you.

Follow this link to begin your journey

Stay tuned…awesome interviews and a blog contest coming soon!

Cotsen Programming is Back!

cotsen programs resumeThe Cotsen Children’s Library is thrilled to announce that our in-person programming will resume on September 13th! Please join us for…


Cotsen’s smallest patrons are encouraged to get active, social, and build their vocabularies in a special play space in our Bookscape gallery. Soft ramps, tunnels, and plush alphabet letters await!

Every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (September to July)
No fee, no registration required
Ages 0 – 2


You’re invited to join us at our very special, very interactive story time. We begin with a picture book and end with a creative hands-on project to take home!

Every Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (September to July)
No fee, no registration required. This program is run on a first-come, first-served basis and has restrictions on class size and age range.
Ages 3 – 5

You’re also welcome to stop by our public gallery Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We’ll see you soon!

Cotsen programs and staffing are contingent on current University COVID and visitor policies, which are subject to change. Please check our social media for updates and messages. Thank you for your understanding.

The BiblioFiles Presents: Victoria Ying

Just posted! A BiblioFiles interview with graphic novelist Victoria Ying, creator of City of Secrets and its sequel, City of Illusion.

In City of Secrets we meet two children, Ever Barnes and Hannah Morgan. Ever is an orphan, hiding in a massive, intricate jigsaw puzzle of a complex known as the Switchboard Operating Facility. He is befriended by Hannah, the daughter of the wealthy businessman who owns the facility. Soon, the two children discover the facility houses a secret that people are willing to kill for. With war escalating between the cities of Oskars and Edmonda, the race to uncover the secret becomes all the more urgent. And dangerous.

In City of Illusion, Ever and Hannah travel to a third city, Alexios, which specializes in illusions and magic. Unfortunately, villains are still on their trail, attempting to unlock the mystery that ties all three cities together. The stakes are huge, and the winner can gain enough power to conquer and control everything and everyone.

Ying’s graphic novels are incredibly stylish, with sweeping action and interesting visuals. Part espionage and part science fiction, her characters enliven the page, creating an experience that feels like you are turning the pages on a fast-paced film. Imaginative and intriguing, they absolutely deliver on adventure and heart.

In addition to her two full-length graphic novels, Ying has produced short stories, illustrated numerous picture books, and has been a developmental artist for Disney Studios and Sony, working on major films such as Frozen, Tangled, Big Hero 6, Moana, and Wreck-It Ralph.

Follow this link to the BiblioFiles interview

Image courtesy of Victoria Ying