Children’s Department General Programs

Ongoing Programs

Brehm Story Hours for Little Ones: February  to May:  Caregiver attendance is required. All children ages 2-5 are welcome to attend as we read stories, color, and make some crafts.  There will be a different theme each week.  We will meet every Thursday from February 8th to May 10th at 10 AM.  No registration is required.  For questions, call 242-6322, ext. 4.

Monthly Programs

Evening Story Time: Can’t make it during the day for story time?  Join us on February 13th, March 13th, April 10th, and May 8th from 6-7 PM for an evening story hour.  We’ll have stories to hear and crafts to make.  Caregiver attendance is required.  No registration is required.  We hope to see you there!

Young Critics Book Club: Each month we will read one book and then get together to talk (and argue) about it. All book choices are provided and voted on by the kids in the group. Aimed at grades 5 through 8. Spring 2018 meeting dates are: January 30th, February 27th, March 27th, April 24th, and May 29th. All meeting times begin at 6 PM on the 3rd floor. For questions call 242-6322, ext 4.

Single Event Programs


STEM Building Challenge: Kids are invited to join us on Tuesday, February 20th from 6-7 PM for a STEM Building Challenge. They will get the chance to show off and test their architectural talents as they work individually and in teams to build stable structures out of unconventional materials. Kids will be placed in teams at the event. The winning team will receive trophies. Open to kids ages 5-12. Registration is required. Caregiver attendance is required. For questions, call 242-6322, ext. 4.

Children’s Art Expo: We will be hosting our 2nd annual Children’s Art Expo on Thursday, March 22nd from 6-7 PM. Children of all ages are encouraged to bring in works of art that can be displayed. Artwork should be dropped off at the library by March 16th. All forms of art will be accepted and must include child’s name and age. Art will be returned to the child after the show.

Young Adult

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) WORKSHOP: Staff from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will be available to help you fill out your FAFSA on January 24th at 6:30 PM. You need to bring:
-Most recent income tax information
-Drivers Licenses or State IDs
-Information on Date of Birth, Social Security Numbers
-Information on Marriage Status (with dates of any changes) for both parents and students (where applicable)

Resident aliens will also need to bring their immigration papers and ID numbers

WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU SUBMIT YOUR FAFSA: Looking for Scholarships and Grants? Do you have questions about the college-going process? Staff from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will be available to help you on February 6th at 6:30 PM.