Welcome to the LaSalle Public Library Youth Services Department! We're glad you're here. The Youth Services area serves library patrons aged birth to young adult, their families, caregivers and teachers.
The Library's Youth Services collection offers board books for the very young readers who are just learning about holding a book and turning pages, and books that are of a smaller size for easy handling. Many of these books are tactile or books with a sound component that engage young readers in an interactive way. Books in this collection appeal to the changing interests of our young patrons. For example, we know that babies very much enjoy books that contain photos of babies. Toddlers often enjoy books about routines, e.g., bedtime or bath time. Preschoolers enjoy skill books, for example, those about opposites or colors. All of these books for the very young are housed in the Library's Book Nook, an inviting special place where kids can easily find and "read" books.
The LaSalle Public Library's fiction picture book collection is a great resource for read-alouds and child/adult sharing. The collection includes series favorites like The Berenstain Bears, Clifford, Curious George, Franklin and Kipper as well as thousands of other stories, some with an audio format of the authors reading the text.
"Readers," books for newly independent readers, are books that build reading skills within the framework of a story. Readers are available at a variety of reading levels. Parents/caregivers will notice the open page format with lots of white space, generous line spacing, easy-to-read type and picture clues that support the story and reader comprehension. These books are shelved separately and are easily identified with orange and white striped spine labels.
Easy nonfiction is also available for young patrons. These books provide kids with factual information about their world.
For independent chapter book readers, the Library offers fiction titles at various reading levels and interests. The Library's collection includes many series books, for example, the wildly popular "My Weird School and My Weird School Daze" stories, the "Kingdom Keepers" books, the "Sophie Mouse" series, "The Series of Unfortunate Events," "Spiderwick" series, the "Big Nate" series, "Wimpy Kid," the "Harry Potter" books, "Warriors" series, "Seekers" series, and the "Amulet" series, to name just a few. The Library also offers some of these books in an audio format. Not only are audio books an interesting and exciting format for storytelling, they also are a significant tool in developing and expanding literacy.
The Library has thousands of chapter books that span the genres -- mystery, adventure, romance, historical fiction, humor, fantasy and science fiction. Many of the books in the collection support Accelerated Reader (AR) requirements.
Nonfiction for older readers -- books that respond to curious young minds and that provide information for schoolwork and reports -- are available, as are reference materials including one set of encyclopedias that may be checked out. Library staff are ready to help patrons find the information that they need whether for school assignments or personal interest.
The Library offers teens and young adults both fiction and nonfiction selections. The Library's Young Adult area is located on the second floor of the Library. New Young Adult titles are located with new Adult fiction and nonfiction, on the kiosks just east of the Adult circulation desk.
A "Parenting" and a "Professional" collection, both located in the lower level of the Library, are available for check out. The Parenting collection includes volumes that cover topics like child development, behavior, literacy, book recommendations, and life events like adoption. The Professional collection includes resources for teachers.
Computers are available for kids aged 11 and under (with a parent) in the lower level of the Library, and for kids aged 12 to 18, on the second level of the Library. More information about computer and internet usage can be found by clicking here.
The LaSalle Public Library also offers bilingual Spanish books and Spanish, as well as some bilingual books in other languages. These books are located in the lower level.
The LaSalle Public Library has been a vital and vibrant community partner for more than 100 years, providing residents with resources that educate and entertain. Consider this YOUR invitation to visit the LaSalle Public Library often! We would love to show you around and to help you find just the right book.
Your Library wants to provide a friendly environment. The days of whispering conversation and “shussing” in the Children’s Room are gone! We do expect our young patrons to follow just a few rules of courtesy though, that will make the Library a pleasant place for everybody.
1. Please avoid shouting or screaming in the Library.
2. Running, shoving, continuous “in and out” of the Library, and playing in the elevator and staircase are not acceptable behavior.
3. No food or drink is permitted in the Library.
4. When a patron is in the Library, he or she must be using Library materials -- your Library is a place for learning and recreational reading – it is not a playground.
5. Please be courteous to other patrons by not reading over their shoulders, whether it be at a table or at the computer.
6. Please keep Library materials clean and dry, and return or renew them promptly.
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 your Library a regular stop in your weekly errands. Spend time together.
In an effort to provide Library services and programming, the Library staff asks your cooperation in the supervision of your children. Children, too young to entertain themselves with Library materials may not be left in the Children’s Room unattended. Children 6 and under must be with the parent.