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Children's Room

Welcome to the Children's Room  of the LaSalle Public Library!  We provide materials, services, and programs for children, birth through eighth grade, families, and teachers.  Our collection includes board books, picture books, realy independant readers, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, audiobooks, bilingual, magazines, and parenting/professional. 

The LaSalle Public Library has been a vital and vibrant community partner for 112 years, providing residents with resources that educate and entertain.  Consider this your inviitation to visit us often!  We would love to show you around, and to help you find just the right book.   Have a question? Send us a email

General Information

Library Cards

Children may apply for their very own library card when they are five years old.  For more information about how to apply, see: Library Cards

Computers and Wireless Access

Children can use our public computers if they are 11 years or younger.  The computers are Internet enabled, and have Microsoft Office 2013.  Before using the computers, children must have a permission slip, signed by a parent or legal guardian on file, and a parent or legal guardian present. 

Children are more than welcome to bring their own devices and connect to our wireless network.  It requires no special login or password.  All you need to do once you connect to our network is to accept the policy page.  For more information, see: Computers/Wireless Access.

Programs

We offer programs for children, youth, and families, throughout the year.  All of our programs are free, and open to the public.  No library card is needed to attend, and you don't have be from LaSalle.  All of our programs are listed on our Facebook page.  If you would like to sign up for upcoming program reminders, you can subscribe to our email list or like/follow us on Facebook. To see what programs we have presently, you can check out the Calendar or Youth Programs.

Speciality Programs

Parenting at Our Best (Lapsit) -  We have partnered with District 122 LaSalle Schools and Parenting at Our Best to offer a lapsit storytime, once a week, to children birth through age five, who live within LaSalle, Peru or Dimmick school districts.  Children, with parents/cargivers are invitied to the Library on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m.  There will be a story and a craft.  If you would like to register for this program, contact Erica Escatel at 815-200-5751. 

Summer Reading - We offer a summer reading program that usually runs eight weeks, beginning in early June through July.  The program is open to all ages.  Details and information will be released in May. 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten  - We participate in this early literacy program.  Children, birth through five years old can register.  This program encourages parents to read 1000 books with their child before entering school.  With every 100 books read, the participating child will receive a gift book, courtesy of First Book for their personal library. For more information about this program, see: 1000 Books

Sports Equipment

Yes! We have sports equipment that can be checked out! How cool is that?  We have equipment for baseball, soccer, football, basketball, and recess/playground activities like jump rope, double dutch, and marbles.  All of this equipment was made possible though a special offer by First Book and Target.  Staff assembeld the equipment into kits with related non--fiction books to farther enrich the learning experience.   To see what each kit contains, see:  Sports Equipment.

Educational Learning 

We offer several different formats of educational learning for children.  On our iPad tablets, we have Osmo (Play Beyond the Screen), ABC Mouse, and PBS Kids Games.  We also have Rokenbok Engineering Mobile STEM Labs.  For more information about each, see:  Educational Learning

Parents, Teachers, and Caregivers

Your Library is your Community Partner! We would be pleased to help you locate information.  Some things we can do for you include pre-selected titles, family programs, library visits, library school tours, classroom visits, and curriculum support.   For more information, please see:  Parents, Teachers, Caregivers

Library Guidelines

We want to provide a friendly environment.  The days of whispering conversation and "shussing" in the Children's Room are gone!  We do however expect our young patrons to follow just a few guidelines of courtesy though, that will make the Library a pleasent place for everybody.  For complete guidelines, see: Library Guidelines