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Children's Services

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!


Reading Levels

Find the right book using your Lexile measure here

Reading Level Conversion chart here

Finding the perfect book is easy with Book Adventure

Search for Accelerated Reader Books here


Book Award Sites

Author and Illustration Awards

Information and Non-Fiction Book Awards

Illinois State Awards

African-American Author and Illustration Awards

Latino/Latina Author and Illustration Awards

Foreign Book Translation Awards

Children’s Video Awards