1. Enrich Arcadia

    Arcadia-111-downsizedEnrich Arcadia has something for everyone.  Our goal is to provide inclusive programs and services to foster health and wellness, lifelong learning, and community.learn more
  2. Protect Arcadia

    Arcadia-35Protect Arcadia offers public and life safety tips, and information on emergency preparedness and crime prevention to preserve and protect your family, home, or business.learn more
  3. Shape Arcadia

    Arb-18Shape Arcadia keeps you up to date on City projects and smart growth strategies that promote economic growth and sustainability to enhance Arcadia’s unique cultural and historical character.learn more
  4. Discover Arcadia

    mega-nav-1Explore your community with Discover Arcadia. Stay current on City news, special events, and the happenings at City Hall and around town.learn more
  5. Trending

    stephan-henning-S0hFspmvm_s-unsplashHere's what is trending in the City of Arcadia! Check back regularly for the latest topics and information that Arcadia residents, businesses, and visitors want to know about.learn more

Jerry Broadwell Children's Room


The Children's Room is named after Captain Jerry Lee Broadwell, the first firefighter to give his life fighting a fire in Arcadia.  He died on August 22, 1975, of burns received two days earlier in the line of duty.

To honor his heroism, Jerry's fellow firefighters and grateful friends in the community formed the Jerry Broadwell Memorial Committee.  Because of Jerry's devotion to children and his belief in libraries and in education, the Committee chose the 1976 renovation of this children's room as a living memorial to him.
Since that time, the Children's Room has enjoyed a close relationship with the Arcadia Fire Department. 
A fantastic puppet theater, built and donated by the members of the Arcadia Firefighters' Association in 1997, is housed in the Imagination Theater for use during storytimes and special programs.  The dedication plaque reads: "THE PUPPET HOUSE" Dedicated to the children of Arcadia built and donated by The Arcadia Firefighters' Association for use in the Jerry Broadwell Children's Room of the Arcadia Public Library January 28, 1997.

Mission Statement

Overview of Services


Children's Information Desk
(626) 821-5566 

Follow the Library on social media:

fblogo_sm    instagram_logo_sm   twitter_logo_sm

Published: August 17, 2021