Due to Covid-19 all of our programs will be delivered virtually for the foreseeable future. They will be delivered either through our Facebook page or a Zoom event. Thank you and we look forward to serving you!
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!
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!
ExceleRate Illinois: Provides information on Early Literacy programs throughout the State of Illinois
Award-winning Book Lists
Abe Lincoln Award (Updated for 2021)
Bluestem Award List (Updated for 2021)
Monarch Award List (Updated for 2021)
Rebecca Caudill List (Updated for 2021)
Toddler Time Live
Mondays from 10:10 – 10:30 am on our
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 Live
Thursdays from 10:10 – 10:30 am on our
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 Live
Wednesdays from 10:30 – 11:15 am on our
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
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.