Children’s Services Featured Events

Summer Reading Program and Kids Read, Kids Explore 

As part of the summer reading program, the library will host free family friendly entertainment, provide reading incentives and prizes, mini camps and more this summer! Because we understand families are busy during the summer, most activities are available during our normal business hours!

Why children should join summer reading programs.

Summer reading programs are all about the kids having fun. Just as important, research tells us children who read 15-20 minutes a day during the summer are less likely to experience the “summer slide” where reading skills are lost and kids are less prepared to return to school in the fall. Children, parents, and teachers work very hard during the school year to achieve reading progress and summer reading programs help keep the reading momentum going.

For detailed information about our summer reading program, click here.

Kids Read, Kids Explore


Kids Read, Kids Explore is a program exclusively for kids in grades 4-6. This hands-on program featuring get-togethers, workshops, field trips, and an author visit. This summer’s focus is on theater games, storytelling, creative writing, and history. For more detailed information about the program, click here.

The Kids Read, Kids Explore Kickoff get-together will be on Wednesday, June 11, from 1:00-2:00 PM at the library. Come meet everybody else in Kids Read, Kids Explore, play some theater games, and get the inside scoop on storytelling from Steve Seaborn!

For the full calendar of Kids Read, Kids Explore events, click here.

Doggie Tales: Reading with Tillie


Thursday, May 15, 2014

6:30-7:30 PM

Join Ms. Pam and Tillie the Cavalier King Charles spaniel for Doggie Tales the third Thursday of the month. 

Tillie loves to hear children read stories. She doesn’t mind if a word is misspoken or if a child has difficulty reading a word. Tillie just wants to help children build confidence in reading.

Tillie is a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs, Inc. and Intermountain Therapy Dogs. Children will read to Tillie for 5-10 minutes. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Registration is required as limited space is available. In case of inclement weather, every attempt will be made to contact registered readers. Please monitor local area closings. 

To register, contact the Children’s Services department at (815) 223-0229 x 5.

View our program archive and pictures from past events here.