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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, early 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 invitation 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 a Library card when they are five years old.  If your child is twelve years old or younger, the card application must have a parent signature. Children under the age of sixteen years old may use the proof of residency provided by their parent.  Children sixteen years old or older may choose to provide their own proof of residency or use that of their parent. 

For full information on Library Cards, please see Library Services

Public Computers and Wireless Access

1. The Library offers laptops for children to use who are eleven years old or younger.  Laptops are Internet enabled and have Microsoft Office 2013.  Before using laptops, children must have a permission slip signed by a parent or legal guardian on file, and that parent or legal guardian must be present when the child is using the computer. 

2. We don't have ear buds or headphones.  Please bring your own set if you intend to listen to music or play games that require an audio component. 

3. Computers will automatically shut down ten minutes before the Library closes. Nothing is saved to the computers.  If you are working on a document, please bring a USB drive with you to save your work.

4. Please read our policies on Use of Public ComputersElectronic Networks/Internet Policy and Wireless Access Policy

5. Children can print either in black/white or color.  For black/white, the cost is $0.25 cents per page and for color, it is $0.50 cents per page. 

6. Children are more than welcome to bring their own device and connect to our wireless network.  The login is LaSalle Library Guest and the password is LaSalle.Patron.2019!

Library Guidelines

We want to provide a friendly environment for everyone.  The Library is a great place for education and entertainment, especially for families.  It is a place to both satisfy and spark curiosity, a place where parents and kids can connect.  Make the Library a regular stop in your weekly errands.  The days of whispering conversation and "shussing" in the Children's Room are gone, but 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.  

Children that are too young to entertain themselves with Library materials may not be left in the Children's Room unattended. Children, as per policy, who are eight years old or younger must be with a parent at all times while at the Library. 

We ask to please avoid shouting or screaming, or using "playground" voices while at the Library.  Normal voice is perfectly fine.  Continuous running, shoving, "in/out" of the Library or playing in the elevator and/or the staircase are not acceptable behavior. 

No food or drink are permitted in the Library.  A water fountain can be found in the hallway.  Please be courteous to other patrons by not reading over their shoulders. 

Please keep Library materials clean and dry, and return or renew them promptly.  Staff has plastic bags available if you need to carry your materials.  Just ask when you checkout. 

When using the loft reading area, please don't throw toys down to the floor, push ceiling tiles or jump around.  The loft is for sitting only. 

Youth Programming

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, and you don't have to be a resident of LaSalle to attend.  Programs are listed on our Facebook calendar, as well as on the website calendar. If you would like to be reminded for upcoming programs, you can subscribe to our email list or like/follow us on Facebook.  To see what programs we have presently, see: Calendar or Youth Programs.

Lapsit Storytime - We partner with District 122 LaSalle Schools and Parenting at Our Best to offer a lapsit storytime, once a week, to children, birth through age five years old, who live within LaSalle, Peru or Dimmick school districts. Children, with parents and/or caregivers, are invited to the Library on Wednesday mornings, at 10:00 a.m.  

Preschool Storytime -  On Wednesday afternoons, at 2:00 p.m., we offer Preschool Storytime for children ages three through five years old, and their adult caregivers.  The program is designed as a literacy activity, as well as craft time, and an occasion to provide children with positive and enjoyable library experiences.  

Summer Reading - We offer a summer reading program, beginning, depending on school schedules, either in late May or early June. The structure of the program is centered around a central theme.  The theme for 2020 is, "Imagine Your Story."  Besides weekly programming, children can participate in a number of ways to earn fun prizes and/or ticket vouchers to sport events. 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten - Give your child the tools to become a reader!  This multi-year, self-paced, early literacy program encourages parents or caregivers to read one thousand books with or to their child before he/she enters school. Reading to children helps build vocabularly and language skills, and prepares them for when they enter Kindergarten with many other needed skills for success.  A complete overview of the program can be found here

Sports Equipment

Patrons can checkout youth baseball, soccer, football, basketball, and recess sport equipment from the Library or place them on hold through interlibrary loan.  These kits were made possible through a special offer by First Book and Target.  To farther enrich the learning experience, staff paired the equipment with related non-fiction books.  A complete list of available kits can be found here.

Educational Learning

Osmo (Play Beyond the Screen) -  Children may use our iPad tablets while in the Library to play Osmo, an award-winning game system that lets children explore, learn, create and interact with digital games in a whole new way.  Osmo games are best suited for children ages 4 through 11 years.  

ABC Mouse -  ABC Mouse is an educational game that is available completely free at the Library. It offers more than 5,000 fun and interactive learning activities from reading, math, and science to art and music through games, books, songs, art and puzzles.  ABC Mouse is available on our iPad tablets, as well as on our computers.  ABC Mouse is best suited for children ages 2 through 7.  

PBS Kids Games -  PBS Kids Games features over 100 games from their top shows, including Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Super Why, Arthur, Sesame Street, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot Abut That!, Odd Squad, Dinosaur Train, Let's Go Luna, Pinkalicious and more.  PBS Kids Games is best suited for children ages eight and younger. 

Rokenbok Engineering Mobile STEM Labs - Rokenbok Engineering Mobile STEM Labs are hands-on technology that encourages children to engineer devices as simple as a hand tool and as complex as programmable robotics.  The STEM labs were purchased through funding by the Chicago Section of the Institue of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).   The labs are a part of the library's circulating collection, and are available for checkout as a single lab, or as a unit for program use and curriculum support in libraries and classrooms.  A complete list of available kits can be found here

Parents, Teachers, and Caregivers

Selected Titles - If your child has an interest in a particular topic or genre, we can save you time by pre-selecting titles for you! Just give us a call, and tell us what you need and when you need it, and how you may be reached should we have questions.  We will be delighted to prepare books and other resources for you to browse and checkout. 

Library Visit - We want the Library to be a familiar friend to our young patrons in the community.  We invite parents, caregivers and children to visit us often, even if it is for a quick stop!  If you or your children are not acquainted with the Library, stop in for a quick tour!  We will familiarize you with the collection, the electronic catalog, and other resources available. 

Library School Tours - We welcome class visits from area schools!  If you would like to schedule a tour or a visit, please contact Donna at 815-223-2341. 

HeadStart/PreSchool/Kindergarten Visits - We invite teachers to schedule monthly stories/craft visits with their class.  Each program is approximately 40 minutes in length. Please call the Library to schedule a program.

Curriculum Support - The Library staff is pleased to assist teachers in procuring materials to support lesson plans.  Whether it is thematic support, science and history fair resources, or materials of a professional nature, we welcome your requests.  The Library collection includes many Accelerated Reader titles; we’re always happy to help young patrons with AR requests.

Raising a Reader (Brochure) - A helpful resource with tips.