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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

Tue, Jan 26, 11:30am - 12:30pm

Mon, Feb 01, 11:00am - 7:00pm

Mon, Feb 08, 11:00am - 7:00pm

Tue, Feb 09, 11:30am - 12:30pm

Thu, Feb 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Mon, Feb 15, 11:00am - 7:00pm

Tue, Feb 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Fri, Feb 19, 4:00pm - 4:45pm

Mon, Feb 22, 11:00am - 7:00pm

Tue, Feb 23, 11:30am - 12:30pm

Online Resources for Children

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

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  • Week of November 16
    • 7 good reasons not to grow up
    • Game On! 2021
    • The Ickabog
    • Scholastic Book of World Records 2021
    • The couch potato
    • Guinness world records 2021
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