The Children’s Department offers lots of activities to educate and entertain kids. There are story hours for various ages, crafts, guest authors, a LEGO club, robotics and other science and tech activities, Partners in Reading, Partners in Technology, and of course, Summer Reading.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an education initiative with three main goals: to promote early childhood literacy, to prepare young children for kindergarten and to facilitate family bonding through reading.
Children’s reading success in kindergarten and beyond begins with positive reading experiences in infancy and early childhood. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten allows caregivers to play an active role in their child’s learning and development. Studies show that reading with a young child can significantly improve their vocabulary, memory, attention span and mastery of the language.
Parents and caregivers may register any child between the ages of 0–6. Any book may be counted and books may be repeated. Repetition is even encouraged as it increases both comprehension and confidence in young children.
Login to Beanstack to add completed 100-Book Reading Logs. Please complete this form to select prizes. Library staff will contact parents when prizes are ready for pick up using the library's Curb It service.
All children who have not entered kindergarten or the equivalent are eligible to register. Participants are not required to be Normal Public Library cardholders or residents of Normal. Participants are welcome to register for this program even if they are completing other area 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten programs.
Questions or comments? Please contact Randi Sutter, Children’s Outreach Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-454-4668.
Places to Discover
Whether we have an official activity going on or not, you can always find fun things to do in Children's Services.
The Discovery Room is a popular area for imaginative play, with tons of puppets and a wonderful puppet theater, a dress-up center, velcro wall, gear table, and more. We even have a Tot Spot area reserved for our youngest patrons.
The Book Nook is a welcoming area to find a comfy seat and enjoy a book, put some puzzles together, or build a DUPLO masterpiece.
Jump on an iPad and play learning games in our Tech Playground. The Tech Playground can be a busy place! If all of the iPads are in use, or you want to sit somewhere else in the library, check out an iPad for in-house use.
Outreach and Services
New Books for Kids
If You Want to Knit Some Mittens
How do you knit a pair of mittens? The first step is to get a sheep of course! In this playful story, a girl follows 18 steps to knit mittens--from bringing home a sheep to carding, spinning, and dyeing the wool to knitting the mittens. But along the way, her mischievous sheep creates chaos and wins her heart. By wintertime, the girl has sunny-yellow mittens, the sheep has a sunny-yellow hat, and together they're ready for adventure.
Wings of Fire: The Brightest Night: A Graphic Novel (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #5)
One will have the power of wings of fire . . . Sunny has always taken the Dragonet Prophecy very seriously. If Pyrrhia’s dragons need her, Clay, Tsunami, Glory, and Starflight to end the war, she’s ready to try. She even has some good ideas how to do it, if anyone would listen to her. But shattering news from Morrowseer has shaken Sunny’s faith in their destiny. Is it possible for anyone to end this terrible war and choose a new SandWing queen? What if everything they’ve been through was for nothing?
Pill Bug Does Not Need Anybody
Interrupting Chicken: Cookies for Breakfast
Wake up! It’s bright and early on a Saturday morning, and the little red chicken wants cookies for breakfast. What better way to persuade Papa than by jarring him awake and gleefully interjecting cookies—and herself!—into every nursery rhyme they read together? Though the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe heartily endorses the little red chicken’s plan, Papa has his own idea for a sweet breakfast for his determined daughter.
The Rice in the Pot Goes Round and Round
The rice in the pot goes round and round, Round and round, round and round, The rice in the pot goes round and round At the table where my family gathers round... At the table where this family gathers, they share food, laughter, and, most of all, love. Readers of all ages are sure to delight in this joyful, expressive sing-along, slurping noodles, squishing tofu, and tapping chopsticks as they sing along to this familiar tune.
The Littlest Yak
Gertie is the littlest yak, feeling stuck in her smallness - she wants to grow UP and have bigness and tallness. But when it turns out that there are some things that only Gertie can do, might she come to see that she's perfect, just the way she is? A rollicking, rhyming, heartwarming and reassuring story from debut author, Lu Fraser and much-loved illustrator, Kate Hindley.
How to Build LEGO Cars
Discover how to build your dream LEGO cars - with tips and techniques from expert LEGO builders. Create 30 incredible LEGO vehicles. Race speedy sports cars, build a camper van for a road trip, create a space buggy for an intergalactic mission, make an ice-cream van for unlimited treats, and much more. From chassis and bumpers to windscreens and spoilers, learn everything you need to create your own LEGO cars.
Red and Green and Blue and White
On a block dressed up in Red and Green one house shone Blue and White. It's a holiday season that both Isaac, whose family is Jewish, and Teresa, whose family is Christian, have looked forward to for months! They've been counting the days, playing in the snow, making cookies, drawing (Teresa) and writing poems (Isaac). They enjoy all the things they share, as well as the things that make them different.
Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of Christmas
Count the trucks getting stuck in a traffic jam in this rhythmic read-aloud sure to draw in kids who love everything on wheels.