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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. 

Sensory Playtime 
Every Monday • 10:00am - 10:45am

Books and Bubbles 
Every Tuesday • 10:00am - 10:30am
Every Thursday • 6:00pm - 6:30pm

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

Mon, May 20, 10:00am - 10:45am

Mon, May 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Tue, May 21, 10:00am - 10:45am

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Thu, May 23, 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Fri, May 24, 9:30am - 12:00pm

Tue, May 28, 10:00am - 10:45am

Wed, May 29, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Thu, May 30, 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Fri, Jun 14, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room

Fri, Jun 14, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room

Mon, Jun 17, 10:00am - 10:45am

Mon, Jun 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Online Resources for Children

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

  • Books and Bubbles
  • sensory playtime
  • May 13
    • We are Groot
    • Captain America : meet Sam Wilson!
    • Reina Ramos tour guide
    • DC Batman: The Joker's Parade (Funko Pop!)
    • Mindfulness and my emotions
    • Giant anteaters
    • Coding with video games
    • Marshmallow & Jordan
    • The secret library
    • Curveball
    • How to become a planet
    • Lightningborn
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