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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 and take the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge! After each 100 books read, pick up a prize for you and your child. 

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Upcoming Events for Children

Mon, Aug 08, 9:00am - 9:00pm

Mon, Aug 08, 10:00am - 11:00am

Tue, Aug 09, 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Tue, Aug 09, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room

Wed, Aug 10, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room

Wed, Aug 10, 6:30pm - 7:00pm

Thu, Aug 11, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room

Thu, Aug 11, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room

Mon, Aug 15, 9:00am - 9:00pm

Thu, Aug 18, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room

Mon, Aug 22, 9:00am - 9:00pm

Mon, Aug 29, 9:00am - 9:00pm

Tue, Sep 06, 10:00am - 10:30am

Wed, Sep 07, 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Online Resources for Children

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

  • Summer Reading
  • August 2
    • The giant panda plan
    • Fight + flight
    • My delicious garden
    • Too crowded
    • Animals
    • That's mine!
2023 Caudill Award Books
  • 2023 Caudill Award Books
    • Amari and the Night Brothers
    • A High Five for Glenn Burke
    • The Blackbird Girls
    • The Benefits of Being an Octopus
    • Fighting Words
    • Marcus Vega doesn't speak Spanish
    • Efrén Divided
    • The Only Black Girls in Town
    • The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez
    • Scritch Scratch
    • A Thousand Questions
    • Wink
    • When Stars Are Scattered
    • This is Your Brain on Stereotypes
    • Chirp
    • The Best At It
    • Black Brother, Black Brother
    • All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys? Soccer Team
    • Katie the catsitter
    • Before the Ever After
2023 Bluestem Award Books
  • 2023 Bluestem Award Winners
    • Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch
    • The spirit of Springer : the real-life rescue of an orphaned orca
    • The Last Human
    • Mac B. Kid Spy: Mac Undercover
    • Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball
    • Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor
    • Shirley Chisholm is a Verb!
    • The Losers Club
    • A Thousand Questions
    • The Amelia Six : an Amelia Earhart mystery
    • The Great Chicago Fire: Rising from the Ashes
    • The lion of Mars
    • Twins
    • Song for a Whale
    • Measuring Up
    • Glitch
    • Caterpillar Summer
    • Becoming Muhammad Ali
    • Tune it Out
    • Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre