At the Rochester Public Library we strive to provide a variety of programs to meet the needs and interests of our patrons. Click on the link below to see what programs we currently have scheduled. Please contact the Library if you have any questions.

BookFlix – How To

Looking for an e-resource for young readers? Check out Scholastic’s BookFlix for pairings of fiction and non-fiction works with optional settings to help new readers follow along!

There will be no programming during August. Storytimes and other children’s programming will continue beginning in September. Please check our Facebook page regularly for updates due to COVID. 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

This program encourages all Rochester area families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary. Each child will receive a reading log for tracking books, or you can download our READsquared app to track your reading.

At each 100-books mark, you get a “100 books!” sticker and photo op. Upon completion, your child’s name goes on the 1,000 Books Wall of Fame, a new book dedicated in their name, and a reading buddy prize!

Khan Academy is a website you can feel great about letting your children go to! It offers free online courses and lesson practice in math, science and more!
The Lexile Framework for Reading: A Lexile measure is a valuable piece of information about either an individual’s reading ability or the difficulty of a text, like a book or magazine article. Click to learn more about Lexile Measure!

ExceleRate Illinois: Provides information on Early Literacy programs throughout the State of Illinois

Children’s E-books

Storyline Online

Award-winning Book Lists

American Library Association List of Awards

Abe Lincoln Award (Updated for 2021)

Bluestem Award List (Updated for 2021)

Caldecott Award List

New York Times Bestsellers List: Children’s Picture Books | Middle Grades Childrens’ Series

Newbery Award List

Monarch Award List (Updated for 2021)

Rebecca Caudill List (Updated for 2021)

Toddler Time

Mondays from 10:10 – 10:30 am on our

Facebook page

This storytime is for kids aged 19-35 months with an adult. Siblings are welcome as well! This energetic storytime is just right for your tot. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!

Baby Lapsit

Thursdays from 10:10 – 10:30 am on our

Facebook page

Lapsit story-time is for kids aged 0-18 months. Join us for songs, simple stories, movements,
and play! No registration required. Drop-ins welcome

Morning Storytime

Wednesdays from 10:30 – 11:15 am on our

Facebook page

Morning story-time is for children aged 2 to 5-years- old. We have fun listening to stories,
singing songs, making simple crafts, and with sensory play! No registration required. Drop-ins

Reader’s Advisory

Looking for what to read next? Visit The Reader Teacher for recommendations based on some of your favorite books and authors!

New Passive Program! With the Money as You Grow Bookshelf, children’s storybooks can help parents and caregivers build young children’s money skills.  The Money as You Grow Bookshelf is a family financial education program that uses children’s books to help families talk about and discover money skills. It helps children and their parents and caregivers learn money concepts through reading, play, and quiet one-on-one talks.

Check out a suggested library book with the accompanying parent reading guide. The kiosk and reading guides are provided by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Do you have a program you want to offer? Or one you would like to see at the library? Please contact Denise Rainford at: