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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

Mon, Sep 26, All day

Mon, Oct 03, 10:00am - 10:45am

Tue, Oct 04, 10:00am - 10:30am

Tue, Oct 04, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room

Tue, Oct 04, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room

Wed, Oct 05, 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Thu, Oct 06, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room

Thu, Oct 06, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room

Mon, Oct 10, All day

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

Mon, Oct 17, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room

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

Tue, Oct 18, 10:00am - 10:30am

Tue, Oct 18, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room

Tue, Oct 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room

Wed, Oct 19, 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Thu, Oct 20, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room

Thu, Oct 20, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Mon, Oct 24, All day

Online Resources for Children

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

  • Fall Reading
  • September 20
    • The Vanderbeekers on the road
    • Tales from the Treehouse : Too Silly to Be Told . . . Until Now!
    • Slappy, Beware!
    • The secret letters
    • Mayor Good Boy Goes Hollywood: (A Graphic Novel)
    • Diamond in the rough
    • Game on! 2022
    • Hey, Bruce! : an interactive book
    • The Cosmic Adventures of Astrid and Stella Q
    • Anisa's international day
    • Amira & Hamza. The quest for the ring of power
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