BROWNSVILLE - The city has renovated a Brownsville library in celebration of its 100th anniversary.

The Stone Avenue Library opened in 1914 and was the first children's library in the United States. Improvements include new furniture and lighting, a new paint job and self check-in machines. The library also added a giant chess set and a word wall for children.

"Parents send their kids to this library because they know in here, whatever is happening outside, is not physically in the building," says librarian Joycelyn Maynard. "So they feel safe to know that when they send their kids here, it's a safe place and we encourage them."

It cost the city less than $300,000 to renovate the entire library.