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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

Fri, Apr 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Tue, Apr 20, 11:30am - 12:00pm

Tue, Apr 20, 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Tue, May 04, 11:30am - 12:00pm

Wed, May 05, 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Wed, May 12, 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Online Resources for Children

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

  • Science at Home
  • April 5th
    • The 130-story Treehouse
    • Max Meow : donuts and danger
    • Good as gold
    • Thrilling Tales from the Tree House
    • Switched
    • We Are a Garden : A Story of How Diversity Took Root in America
2021 Caudill Award Books
  • 2021 Caudill Award Books
    • Becoming Kareem
    • Small Spaces
    • Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
    • Drum Roll, Please
    • Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961
    • Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring
    • New Kid
    • The Only Road
    • The Parker Inheritance
    • Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees
    • Nowhere Boy
    • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
    • Resistance
    • Oh, Ellen
    • A good kind of trouble
    • Long Way Down
    • Amal Unbound
    • Speechless
    • Nightbooks
    • Front Desk
2021 Bluestem Award Books
  • 2021 Bluestem Award Winners
    • The Ambrose deception
    • Animals by the numbers : a book of infographics
    • Bob
    • Chester Nez and the unbreakable code : a Navajo code talker's story
    • Click
    • Curiosity : the story of a Mars rover
    • A dash of trouble
    • Finding Langston
    • Hope in the holler
    • Lifeboat 12
    • Max & the Midknights
    • Otis and Will Discover the Deep: the record setting dive of the Bathysphere
    • Power Forward: Chasing the Dream
    • Sergeant Reckless: the true story of the little horse who became a hero
    • Stef Soto, Taco Queen
    • Strongheart: wonder dog of the silver screen
    • The Undefeated
    • The Van Gogh deception
    • Wedgie & Gizmo
    • A whole new ballgame