About Us

Welcome to Children’s Services!

Entrance to Children's Department

Our dedicated staff provides an outstanding array of programs that help children develop literacy skills and introduces them to the enjoyment of reading and the world of knowledge.  Staff members help children use library resources and provide them with reference assistance and reading recommendations.  Computers provide children with Internet access, homework databases, live online homework help, and software programs.

Storytimes are available for children newborn through fifth grade.  Programs to inspire reading, creativity, and even gross motor skills are also offered throughout the year for 2-year-olds through 5th graders.  The summer reading club and related programs are designed to keep children actively reading and involved in the library during summer months.

Parents of babies up to the age of six months may request a Baby Pack at our desk as well. Please see a staff member with questions!

Children may check out a wide selection of books and audiobooks, movies, music, downloadable materials, video games, puppets, and puzzles.  Collections include books for new readers, world languages, and parent/child resources.  Children under 16 need a parent to sign the library card application.  Parents are responsible for guiding their children's borrowing.  All materials are free to borrow.

Children 8 and older may visit the Library alone.  More details can be found in our Unattended Children Policy. If you will be picking your child up after a library visit, please pre-arrange the time.  There is no public phone at the library, and library phones are for emergency use only.


Highlights of Our Department

Anchored by the Welcome Tree on the first floor of the Library, Children’s Services includes these features:

  • Ask and Info Park – Our desk where staff members assist children with their questions, computers, and video games.
  • Storytime Room – An inviting home to all our Storytimes.
  • Creativity Park – Crayons, drawing paper, and coloring pages are always available in this area where we conduct many programs.
  • Baby Park – A play area for babies and toddlers centered on a little house. 
  • Think Park – Computer area featuring a variety of computers and early literacy stations. Click here for Think Park Rules.
  • World Park – Home to giant checkers and chess games.  Use your library card to play a board game in the library.
  • Charley Harper and Alexander Girard Study Rooms – Perfect spaces for small groups.
  • Comfort Room – Nurse a baby or calm a crying child in this peaceful retreat.
  • Family Restroom – A large room with a changing table and a child-sized toilet.   

Educators and Youth Leaders

The library collaborates with teachers, homeschoolers, and youth leaders to enrich learning experiences.  Library staff is available to assist educators and community organizations in library related activities.   Call us at 630-685-4181 for assistance.

  • We can pull materials for your class on particular topics.  Give us a minimum of 24 hours’ notice.
  • Our Ellison die collection is available for your use.
    Here is a list of the dies available, and information on how to arrange to use it.
  • Group visits may be arranged depending on the availability of staff.  Please contact us at least three weeks in advance.