Kids & Parents
Caudill, Bluestem, and Monarch Challenges
Keep your children's learning going just by reading!
The Rebecca Caudill, Bluestem, and Monarch award books are designed to promote life-long readers, and each challenge is tailored for specific grade levels. We have challenges designed around the award books, and kids can earn a certificate and a free book just for reading!
Which challenge is right for your child?
Rebecca Caudill books are for grades 4-8.
Bluestem books are designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles.
The Monarch encourages children grades K-3 to read critically and become familiar with children's books, authors, and illustrators.
To get started, download and print the form at home . . . and start reading. Read the books digitally though MediaLibrary/Libby/Overdrive with your IPPL card.
Discover great books for children from kindergarten through grade 8. Browse lists of award-winning titles or search for books by grade level or Lexile score.
A collection of animated, narrated picture books that kids can follow along word for word.
We have a variety of databases- which are powerful search engines with reliable sources.
Databases are perfect for state reports, wax museum assignments, and other class projects.
Spaces & Resources to Learn
We have computers for kids to learn and do their homework near the second-floor Kids & Teens Ask Us Desk.
Donated by the Lawerence Family, explore our outdoor insect and sensory garden.
Sign up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program to help prepare your young child for school.
We offer storytimes and interactive programs
Museum Adventure Pass & Explore More Illinois
Explore popular Illinois destinations with free passes, discount admission, or other special offers.
Kids Technology for Learning & Play
Bring home one of these kits, which includes activities, learning games, or scientific equipment.
LeapFrog kits are preloaded tablets with educational games for checkout.
- LeapFrog Junior Tag Reader
- LeapFrog Tag Reader
- LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Tablet
- LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra Tablet
- LeapPad Academy Kids’ Learning Tablet
LaunchPad tablets are preloaded with educational games that focus on a specific subject.
A Roku is a streaming device that allows you to watch movies and TV shows from the internet directly on your TV. We set up this Roku specifically with families in mind. There are a variety of kid-friendly streaming channels and pre-loaded movies available through the Roku. You will need a wireless internet connection and an HDMI-compatible TV to use this device.
Need help connecting the Roku? Watch our how-to video.