Kids Corner

Upcoming Events

Join us for great events just for kids! Visit the LIBRARY CALENDAR for details.

2017 Summer Reading Program

Reading By Design

June 1 – July 31

Join us this summer for a summer reading program that offers fun programs and activities, and prizes for readers of all ages!

Kids, teens and adults earn points by reading (and bonus points for attending library events!) and can redeem point for prizes.


1KB4K is a library initiative that promotes reading 1,000 books to preschoolers before they begin Kindergarten. It’s easy to do, and the child gets a free book, funded by the Friends of Fondulac District Library, every time they read and report 100 books. For additional information or to register, visit the Youth Services Department.

Anytime Activities

Even when there’s not a program scheduled, there’s always something fun to do at the library! Stop by the desk in the Youth Services Department to learn more about the library’s current Anytime Activity, a craft, game, or project kids can do whenever they visit the library.

Toys & Games

Numerous toys and games are available for your child to play with in the library’s Youth Services Department. The library offers a wide selection of board and card games, as well as a train table, Lego table, puzzles, and a puppet theater. Stop by and enjoy a delightful and entertaining morning or afternoon at the library!

Wanted: Your Broken and Unwanted Crayons

The Youth Services Department is collecting unwanted crayons for The Crayon Initiative until August 1.  The Crayon Initiative recycles old crayons into new ones that are donated to schools, hospitals, art programs, and other organizations that serve children.

School Supply Drive  • July 1 – August 1

Take advantage of an opportunity to support the East Peoria community by contributing to the library’s annual school supply drive!  The library will collect new, unused school supplies to distribute to school districts 85 and 86 from July 1 to August 1. A dropbox for the supplies will be located outside the Youth Services Department.  Once collected, the librarians will divide the supplies and deliver them to the schools for distribution to students.

Special Programs:

Family Lego Build • Wednesdays, July 12, 19 & 26 • 6 p.m.

Kids bring Mom and Dad (Grandma and Grandpa) for a Family LEGO building night! LEGOs will be available. Create a family masterpiece to display in our Children’s Department. This is a   drop-in program for all ages. Drop In

Solar Powered Race Cars • Wednesday, July 12 • 2 p.m. • Grades 3-8

Become familiar with solar energy in this solar car racing class.  Race hand-held solar cars down a track, experiment with small solar panels, and learn about Caterpillar’s Microgrid technology, a combination of solar and fuel generated energy.  Drop In

Story Time Under The Stars • Thursday, July 27 • 2 p.m. • Preschool

Explore the Solar System! there will be a NASA astronaut flight suit, space shuttle model, and more.  Read books, sing songs, and do a craft. Drop In

Perfect Little Planet •Thursday, August 3 • 2 p.m. • Grades K-2

Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes: a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet. Dive down the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms at Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose?  This program is being presented by Skylab at Riverfront Museum.  Drop In

Earth, Moon, & Sun •Thursday, August 3 • 2:30 p.m. • Grades 3-5

Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he sees in the sky. This amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions is part of a fun, fast-paced full-dome show that explores lunar phases, eclipses, and other puzzles. This program is being presented by Skylab at Riverfront Museum.  Drop In

Explore Space Through Virtual Reality  • Tuesday, August 8 • 2-4 p.m.  • Grade 3-8

Drop in any time between 2 p.m -4 p.m. and join us as we explore space using virtual reality technology.  Drop In

Indoor Kayaking Adventure • Wednesday, August 9 • 2 p.m. • Grades K-5

Sit in a kayak, wear a PFD (personal flotation device),hold a paddle, and take an exciting adventure on an imaginary river inside the library. Drop In


Weekly Programs:

Story Times • Story times will run from Monday, June 12 – July 21

Introduce your children to new stories, songs, crafts, and friends!  Children must be the appropriate age for the session they attend. Drop In

  • Little Listeners • Mondays • 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. • 4 to 6 years old without parent/guardian
  • Together Time • Tuesdays • 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. • 3 years old with parent/guardian
  • Family Story Time • Tuesdays • 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. • 2 to 6 years old with parent/guardian
  • Tiny Tot Time • Thursdays • 10:00 – 10:20 a.m. • 1 & 2 years old with parent/guardian
  • Baby Lapsit • Fridays • 10:00 – 10:20 a.m. • Birth to 1 years old with parent/guardian

Story Time At The Farm Park • Wednesdays, June 14 – July 19 • 10 a.m

Enjoy a family story time at Fon du Lac Farm Park on Wednesdays.  Show a library card before 10 a.m. for $1 per person entry.  Call 699-3917, ext. 1291 or 694-2195 for cancellation with inclement weather.

Thursday Afternoons At The Library 

Math Art • July 13 • 2 p.m. • All Ages

Discover ways math and art work together! Drop In

Storybook Birthday Bash •July 20 •2 p.m. • Grades PreK – 8th 

Join us for cake and games as we celebrate the birthdays of Junie B. Jones, Elephant and Piggie, Black Beauty, Brown Bear, and more! Drop In


Monthly Programs:

NEW!!  Fans of Fantasy Book Club • Monday, August 7, and September 11 • 7 p.m. • Grades 5-8th

Join us the first Monday of the month to discuss both classics and new favorites in the growing genre of fantasy! Call the library for more information. Drop In

Prince & Princess Story Time Saturdays • August 5, and September 2 • 11 a.m. • Grades PreK – 3rd

Join us for a fairy tale story hour along with crafts and/or activities. Costumes are encouraged, but not required to attend.  Children of Kindergarten age or younger will need an adult’s assistance with some of the crafts. Drop In

Pok′emon Club • Tuesdays • July 11 • 6 p.m. • Grades 3-8

Join us for Pok′emon Club! Kids ages 8 to 14 are welcome to participate.  Bring your cards to trade, Nintendo DS and games, and have some fun battling new friends!  Drop In

NEW!! Sensory Story Time  • Saturdays  • July 22  • 11a.m.  • 3 to 7 years old

Sensory story time is for children ages 3 to 7 years old.  Come for stories, songs, movement, and activities for children on the Autism Spectrum or for those who have sensory sensitivities.  Drop In

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Susan Elder, Youth Services Manager

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