Youth Services

The Youth Services collection is curated to serve the needs of infants through 8th graders. The materials available include books, board books, magazines, books-on-CD, DVDs, music CDs, graphic novels, and Muzzy language learning DVDs.

Our youth 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 serves ages 0-5 years but is primarily geared towards ages 2-3 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.


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