The Children's Services collection is curated to serve the needs of infants through 4th graders. The materials available include books, board books, magazines, books-on-CD, DVDs, music CDs, graphic novels, and Muzzy language learning DVDs.
Our children's services area boasts a train table, puzzles, games, blocks, and coloring materials. Moms and dads can watch their children while working from nearby tables or snuggle up on the couch for some reading time.
Families and visitors of all ages are welcome to enjoy story times, crafts, special events, and programs. Check our events calendar for dates and times.
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Preschool Story Time
We offer a prechool story time that is primarily geared towards ages 2-5 years. We meet on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am in the Program Room from September through May. Our time together includes songs, stories, activities, and a craft. No registration required.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
The concept is simple, but the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes books!) before your little one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started!).
The key is perseverance. Make it exciting. Most of all be creative!
Visit the Genoa Public Library today to sign up and get your start-up packet!
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Book Award Sites
Author and Illustration Awards
- John Newbery Medal Award
- Randolph Caldecott Medal Award
- The Michael L. Printz Award
- The Golden Kite Award
Information and Non-Fiction Book Awards
Illinois State Awards
- The Monarch Award (K-3rd Grade)
- The Bluestem Award (3rd- 5th Grade)
- The Rebecca Caudill Award (4th-8th Grade)
- The Abraham Lincoln Award (high school)
African-American Author and Illustration Awards
Latino/Latina Author and Illustration Awards
Foreign Book Translation Awards
Children’s Video Awards