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

Children's Programs

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Summer Reading Program 2022 

Join us at the library for our Summer Reading Program! The theme for this year is "Read Beyond the Beaten Path." The program runs from June 6 to July 30, but patrons can start registering on May 23. You can register in person at the library or online on READsquared. We have reading challenges and prizes for all ages from babies to adults. There will be regular weekly events for patrons preschool through eight grade and special programs on Saturdays. For more details about programs and events, check our program calendar. Information about the summer reading program and summer events are also included in our May, June, and July newsletters. If you have any questions please call the library or email the Children's Librarian, Abbigail, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tips to know about the Summer Reading Program!

1) There is no deadline to sign up for the Summer Reading Program. Whether you start tracking minutes first thing on Monday morning or wait until the middle of July, patrons are welcome to sign up anytime between May 23 and July 30.

2) Patrons do not need a library card to sign up for the Summer Reading Program. 

3) Patrons do not need to register for the Summer Reading Program in order to attend the weekly programs or events on Saturdays. There is also no registration for individual events, so stop by the library whenever it fits into your schedule! We would love to see you here. In our wildest dreams our programs would always be filled to the brim with people, but that doesn't usually happen. If it does this summer, we may have to cap the programs at a certain number of participants, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

4) Many of the programs are broken into groups based on grade level (preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6-8), but these age groups are not strict, so kids can come to a program even if that is not their exact grade level. Just keep in mind that these programs will be aimed towards that specific age group so they may be too simple or too complicated for older or younger children. If you have any questions regarding age groups, please call or stop by the library and ask for Abbigail.

Regular Yearlong Programs:

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Preschool Storytime – Join Ms. Abbigail for storytime every Monday morning from 10-10:45am. We will sing songs and rhymes, read books, play games, and make a craft. The theme of storytime is posted each month in the library’s newsletter. These storytimes are geared toward preschoolers, but all ages are welcome. We will not have "Preschool Storytime" during the summer, but the program called "Summer Reading: Preschool" will be very similar and at the same time that Preschool Storytime usually is. 

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From the Stacks – Children's Librarian, Abbigail, recommends middle grade and picture books in short videos.  Check out our YouTube page.  You can also find all of Abbigail's videos on this page.  Teen Librarian, Beth also makes videos about children's books. 

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Lego Club – Our library volunteer Don runs our Lego club on the first and third Saturday of each month from 10-10:45am. These are duplicate programs; you may register for either date, but not both. It is for school aged children, and registration is required. You can register by calling the library or stopping by the children’s desk. Participants get to create whatever they like, and at the end of each Lego Club meeting, participants display their creations in the display case in the children’s area until the next meeting.  Lego Club will be taking a break over the summer, but keep an eye out for our fall 2022 schedule.