Livability.com, a website that writes about America's best places to live work and play, has named Charlotte's ImaginOn the nation's No. 1 children's library.
Livability editors looked at 500 communities and consulted library experts to determine criteria for their ranking. Among them: The library's responsiveness to community needs.
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, "is the model of what a children's library can be," Livability editors write. The facility, at 300 E. Seventh St., opened in 2005. Along with numerous library services for children and teens, it also hosts Children's Theatre of Charlotte performances.
Other children's libraries ranked in Livability's Top 10 include facilities in Cincinnati, Iowa City and Birmingham.