Children’s Department

  • Check out our calendar for the most up-to-date information on upcoming activities.

    Sign up to receive emails from the Children's Department here.

    Register for programs here.

    Book Nook & Discovery Room

    Whether we have an official activity going on or not, you can always find fun things to do in our Book Nook and Discovery Room.

    LEGO My Library

    Join us to build, build, build!

    Learn more about LEGO my Library here.

    Monthly Activities

    We offer lots of fun monthly programs throughout the school year.  We may do a craft, invite a performer, host an author, show a play or movie, or more!

    Check our calendar to see if we have a fun new activity coming up.

    Partners in Reading

    Partners in Reading pairs college students with grade-school students to meet once a week and enjoy the library together.

    Learn more about Partners in Reading here.

    Story Hours

    We offer registered story hours for infants, two-year-olds, and three-, four-, and five year olds.

    You can also stop by for Book Adventures, Baby Rock, or Tuesday Tales.

    Learn more about Story Hours here.

    Summer Reading Program

    Spend your summer at the library!  Earn prizes for reading and participate in great activities all summer long!

    Learn more about the Summer Reading Program here.

    Young Readers’ Book Awards Voting

    Vote each year for the Monarch, Bluestem, and Caudill book awards!

    Learn more about the Young Readers' Book Awards here.


  • For more information about the services that we offer, contact the Children's Department at 309-454-4668.


    Our Children's Computers feature Internet access, educational games, reference materials, and word processing programs.

    Children may log in to the computers for up to three hours a day using their library card or a guest pass.  You can pick up a guest pass at the Children's Desk.

    To access the Internet, children will need a parent's approval.

    A parent may give verbal permission and we can print a guest pass that allows one-time Internet access. You will need to give verbal permission each time that your child uses the Internet.

    Discovery Room

    Come enjoy this parent/child interaction center, which offers puppets, puzzles, a dress-up center, and more!


    The library has lots of services and resources that can help homeschoolers.

    Check out our homeschooling resources here.

    Off-Site Programming

    We are happy to offer storytelling or information programs to nursing homes, churches, community centers, and schools.

    For more information, please contact us at 309-454-4668.

    Teacher Services

    We have lots of great services for teachers, from school visits to Educator Cards.

    Find out more about Teacher Services here.