Our Children's Area

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new Library program that 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 the app to track your reading. For more information, visit 1000booksbeforekindergarten.org.

When you reach 50 books, bring in your reading log, and get a small prize! At each 100-books mark, you get a “100 books!” sticker and prize. Upon completion your child’s name goes on the 1,000 Books Wall of Fame!


Toddler Time | Mondays from 10:10 to 10:30 a.m.
Toddler Time is for kids aged 19-35 months, with an adult. Siblings are welcome as well! This
energetic story-time is just right for your tot. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome.

There will be no Toddler Time May 28th.
Baby Lapsit | Mondays from 10:40 to 11:00 a.m.
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

There will be no Baby Lapsit May 28th

Morning Story-Time | Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
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

Evening Story-Time |Mondays from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Evening story-time is for children aged 3 to 8-years- old. We have fun listening to stories and
making simple crafts! No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!

There will be no Evening Story-Time May 28th.

To view all our upcoming Youth Programs, click here!


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 get your Lexile Measure!

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

Children’s E-books

Storyline Online

We Give Books

Award-winning Book Lists

American Library Association List of Awards

Abe Lincoln Award (Updated for 2018)

Bluestem Award List (Updated for 2018)

Caldecott Award List

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

Newbery Award List

Monarch Award List (Updated for 2018)

Rebecca Caudill List (Updated for 2018)