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Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature

About Us


The Arne Nixon Center collects and preserves materials of historical and artistic significance related to the study of literature for young people, and makes these materials accessible to patrons through services, programs, and conferences.


                                         Monday ~ Friday 
9:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.
and by appointment

Visitors can come to the Center without an appointment Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Appointments are still recommended, so that the staff may ready your materials ahead of time, saving time for all. Please call (559) 278-8116 or send e-mail to for an appointment.


The Center, which is a department of the Henry Madden Library, is located on the third floor of the South wing in the library.


Web Site Art


Thanks to award-winning author/artist Aliki for her latest, greatest, most amazing gift the Arne Nixon Center: 20 pieces of original art for the Center's website. These colorful pictures feature dozens of charming and playful cats (in honor of our collection of cat books), plus a few birds and mice, too, as only Aliki can portray them--writing, painting, partying, working, and reading and reading some more. Thanks to Aliki for this generous and artistic donation!

Please see our virtual exhibit of Aliki's Cats.