102 W 3rd St, Sterling, IL 61081 ∙ (815) 625-1370
Monday - Tuesday: 9AM–8PM ∙ Wednesday - Friday: 9AM–5PM 
Sat: 9AM-1PM    ∙    Sun: Closed
Month Flat Week Day

Library programs from birth to 6th grade

First Chapter Friday: Musical Activities

Friday, July 14, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Detached from recurrence

Join us during the summer reading program for First Chapter Friday! During this program we will read the first chapter of a middle grade book, play games, and do an activity related to the book we have read. Some examples of activities we will do include painting, STEAM projects, and food experiments. If you have any questions about any activity in particular, please reach out to Abbigail or call the library. This program is geared towards third through fifth grade, but all ages are welcome. 

*Children do not need to be participating in the summer reading program to attend this program. Registration is not required.

Toddler Time

Monday, July 17, 2023 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Every Week until July 24, 2023

Join us during the summer reading program for Toddler Time! We will be reading books, singings songs and rhymes, and doing activities.

This program is geared towards babies 0-2 years old. We will be reading board books and simpler picture books as well as doing lapsit activities that require participation from parents and caregivers, compared to Summer Storytime. Please bring your child to whichever storytime fits their personality and needs best. 

*Children do not need to be participating in the summer reading program to attend this program. Registration is not required.

Summer Storytime

Monday, July 17, 2023 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Every Week until July 24, 2023

Join us during the summer reading program for Summer Storytime! We will be reading books, singing songs, doing activities, and creating a craft. This program is geared toward preschool through second grade. We will be reading slightly longer books and doing more complicated activities in this storytime than in Toddler Time. Please bring your child to whichever one fits their personality and needs best. 

*Children do not need to be participating in the summer reading program to attend this program. Registration is not required.

Library Lawn Days: WATER DAY

Thursday, July 20, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Detached from recurrence

Join us outside on the north lawn next to the children's department door to play outside! This week we will have our Water Day! Dress prepared to get wet as we play water games and have a water balloon fight at the end. Children are welcome to wear their swimsuits, but they need to wear regular clothes inside the library. We would also recommend bringing a towel for the ride home just in case! Popsicles will be handed out at the end of this program.

This program is open to all ages of children, but some activities will be easier for older elementary-aged children. Please call the library or ask Abbigail if you have any questions!

*Pending inclement or very hot weather, this program will be cancelled, and we will have our Water Day next Thursday, July 27. We will advertise this on our Facebook page and website, so please check there or call the library if you have any questions on the day of the program!

First Chapter Friday: Cookies and Friendship Bracelets

Friday, July 21, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Detached from recurrence

Join us during the summer reading program for First Chapter Friday! During this program we will read the first chapter of a middle grade book, play games, and do an activity related to the book we have read. Some examples of activities we will do include painting, STEAM projects, and food experiments. If you have any questions about any activity in particular, please reach out to Abbigail or call the library. This program is geared towards third through fifth grade, but all ages are welcome. 

*Children do not need to be participating in the summer reading program to attend this program. Registration is not required.

Toddler Time

Monday, July 24, 2023 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Every Week until July 24, 2023

Join us during the summer reading program for Toddler Time! We will be reading books, singings songs and rhymes, and doing activities.

This program is geared towards babies 0-2 years old. We will be reading board books and simpler picture books as well as doing lapsit activities that require participation from parents and caregivers, compared to Summer Storytime. Please bring your child to whichever storytime fits their personality and needs best. 

*Children do not need to be participating in the summer reading program to attend this program. Registration is not required.

Summer Storytime

Monday, July 24, 2023 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Every Week until July 24, 2023

Join us during the summer reading program for Summer Storytime! We will be reading books, singing songs, doing activities, and creating a craft. This program is geared toward preschool through second grade. We will be reading slightly longer books and doing more complicated activities in this storytime than in Toddler Time. Please bring your child to whichever one fits their personality and needs best. 

*Children do not need to be participating in the summer reading program to attend this program. Registration is not required.

Library Lawn Days

Thursday, July 27, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Every Week until July 27, 2023

Join us outside on the north lawn next to the children's department door to play outside! Activities will change week to week, but some examples include bubbles, chalk, lawn games, and a water day near the end of the summer! (We will advertise this day a lot as it gets closer so patrons can bring a towel and wear clothes that are okay to get wet.) Popsicles will be handed out at the end of this program.

This program is open to all ages of children, but some activities will be easier for older elementary-aged children. Please call the library or ask Abbigail if you have any questions!

*Pending inclement or very hot weather, this program will be cancelled. We will advertise this on our Facebook page and website, so please check there or call the library if you have any questions on the day of the program!

First Chapter Friday: Ice Cream

Friday, July 28, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Detached from recurrence

Join us during the summer reading program for First Chapter Friday! During this program we will read the first chapter of a middle grade book, play games, and do an activity related to the book we have read. Some examples of activities we will do include painting, STEAM projects, and food experiments. If you have any questions about any activity in particular, please reach out to Abbigail or call the library. This program is geared towards third through fifth grade, but all ages are welcome. 

*Children do not need to be participating in the summer reading program to attend this program. Registration is not required.

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