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.
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Reading Level Conversion chart here
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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