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Summer Reading Challenge

 Sign up for the all-ages Imagine It! Summer Reading Challenge. Prizes include  books, color-changing cups, and magic ink backpacks!

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Artsy Smartsy Kids

Do your school-age kids like crafting? Every other Thursday, starting at 10 am, you can pick up a craft kit for children in Grades 1–5. Check the calendar »

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Our children’s librarians broadcast live on our Facebook page Monday–Wednesday at 10 am. Hope to “see” you there!

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Book Bundles for Kids + Teens

Trying to match the right books with the right reader? Let us put together a custom Book Bundle for you!

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Kanopy Kids

Love movies? So do we. With Kanopy Kids you can stream favorites like Mo Willems, Sesame Street, and Peanuts. Get started »

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Crafts for Kids!

You can pick up craft kits to take home on Mondays at the Douglass Branch and Thursdays at the Main Library.


Reading Challenges for Kids

Do your kids want to earn free books and other prizes for reading? Your family can sign up for fun reading challenges year-round, including the Summer Reading Challenge and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. (Ready to pick out a prize book? Call the Children’s desk at 217/403-2030.)  Read more »

Songs + Rhymes from Our Storytimes

Join us for storytimes online Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10 am when we broadcast via Facebook Live. You can also watch songs and rhymes on the library’s YouTube channel, including special Children’s Special Events,  presenting themed collections of stories and songs.

Join Children’s Librarian Linda K. as she shares songs and rhymes to enjoy with your child. Watch more »

Questions? Ask Us.