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Storytimes provide an important role in helping your child get ready to read. You are your child's first teacher, and home is where your child begins to learn. The public library provides resources to help you talk, sing, read, write and play with your child through the Every Child Ready to Read initiative. 

School Textbooks 

Copies of textbooks used at Ridge Lawn, Ridge Central, Finley Junior High, and District 122 can be used in the library.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten 

Pick up a folder in Youth Services and take the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge! After each 100 books read, pick up a prize for you and your child! This program is for newborns & toddlers who have not yet entered kindergarten. To start logging your child's books virtually using Beanstack, click here.

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Upcoming Events for Children

Tue, May 30, All day

Tue, May 30, 10:00am - 10:45am

Tue, May 30, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room

Wed, May 31, All day

Wed, May 31, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room

Thu, Jun 01, All day

Fri, Jun 02, All day

Sat, Jun 03, All day

Mon, Jun 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Tue, Jun 13, 10:00am - 10:45am

Tue, Jun 13, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room

Wed, Jun 14, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Wed, Jun 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room

Thu, Jun 15, 10:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room

Thu, Jun 15, 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Mon, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Tue, Jun 20, 10:00am - 10:45am

Tue, Jun 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room

Wed, Jun 21, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Wed, Jun 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room

Thu, Jun 22, 10:00am - 10:45am

Thu, Jun 22, 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Mon, Jun 26, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Online Resources for Children

Check out these sites for homework help, test prep tools, and gaming.

  • Bubbles and Stories
  • April 4
    • How to Catch a Garden Fairy
    • Hogwarts Legacy : the official game guide
    • Fortnite Official: The Chronicle (Annual 2023)
    • City of Secrets (Battle Dragons #3)
    • You will do great things
    • The Umbrella
    • A is for Ambitious
    • My crayons, my world!
    • Link + Hud: Heroes by a Hair
    • Ben Yokoyama and the Cookies of Chaos
    • Twenty Questions
    • That's Fact-Tastic!: Mind-Blowing, Eye-Popping, Jaw-Dropping Stuff about Our World
2024 Caudill Award Books
  • 2024 Caudill Award Books
    • Stamped (for kids) : racism, antiracism, and you
    • My Life in the Fish Tank
    • Frankit & Bug
    • Alone
    • Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year
    • The Last Cuentista
    • Ophie's Ghosts
    • Red, White, and Whole
    • The unforgettable Logan Foster
    • City Spies
    • A Game of Fox & Squirrels
    • Daughter of the Deep
    • I Must Betray You
    • Fallout : Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown
    • Barakah Beats
    • A Wish in the Dark
    • The Shape of Thunder
    • Turtle Boy
    • Maizy Chen's Last Chance
    • City of Dragons 1 : The Awakening Storm
2024 Bluestem Award Books
  • 2024 Bluestem Award Winners
    • Amari and the Night Brothers
    • The Magical Imperfect
    • Opening the Road : Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book
    • Maya and the Robot
    • Long Distance
    • Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year
    • The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins & Her New Deal
    • Allergic
    • Everything Awesome About Sharks and Other Underwater Creatures!
    • Shelter
    • Chunky
    • The Great Stink : How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London's Poop Pollution Problem
    • The Unforgettable Logan Foster
    • The Floating Field : How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field
    • The List of Things That Will Not Change
    • Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom
    • The Elephants Come Home
    • Katie the Catsitter
    • Way's to make sunshine
    • New From Here