Children’s Services Featured Events

Buzzing about Bees

Saturday, April 18, 10:30-11:30 AM

Program best enjoyed by children 3-6 years of age

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Bzzz! Join us as the University of Illinois Extension Center teaches us all about bees. We will learn about the life cycle of a bee and their role as pollinators. Children will make a bee puppet and receive a take-home packet.

Let’s have fun as we explore the world around us! Registration is required as limited space is available. Call (815) 223-0229 x 5 or stop by Children’s Services to sign up.

This program is part of the library’s Growing Reader’s program made possible through an early childhood grant funded by the Target Corporation.

Doggie Tales: Reading with Tillie & Gus

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:30-7:30 PM

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Join Ms. Pam, Gus, and Tillie the Cavalier King Charles spaniels for Doggie Tales. Doggie Tales will take place the second Thursday of each month.

Tillie and Gus love to hear children read stories. They don’t mind if a word is misspoken or if a child has difficulty reading a word. Tillie and Gus just want to help children build confidence in reading.

Tillie and Gus are certified therapy dogs through Therapy Dogs, Inc. and Intermountain Therapy Dogs. Children will read to Tillie or Gus 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.

Ongoing dates:

May 14

Doggie Tales: Reading with Yogi

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:30-7:30 PM

Join Ms. Theresa and Yogi the flat-coated retriever for Doggie Tales the third Tuesday of the month. Yogi has lived with Ms. Theresa since he was 9 weeks old. Yogi has been making visits to classrooms and nursing homes since 2007. He has lots of friends at home including 6 cats, a house rabbit, 2 donkeys, and many chickens. He loves all species and welcomes all newcomers. His favorite activities are chasing his ball and snuggling with his teddy bear. Yogi loves a good book so he can’t wait to help at the library! He loves to hear children read stories and doesn’t mind if a word is misspoken or if a child has difficulty reading a word. Yogi just wants to help children build confidence in reading.

Yogi’s been to puppy classes, basic and advanced obedience, canine good citizenship, and therapy testing. Children will read to Yogi 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.

Ongoing dates:

May 19

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