Kid & Tween Zone

Summer Learning Challenge Starts June 4

The Summer Learning Challenge is for everyone! From the littlest kids to our seniors, whether you’re a voracious reader, crafter, techie or just want to see what’s new at the library, there’s something here for you.

Registration begins Monday, June 4. Start redeeming logs for prizes on Monday, June 11. Learn more about the Summer Learning Challenge.

Kids & Teen Book Clubs

We have two Book Clubs for kids and teens, Girls Rock and Guys Read. Both Book Clubs focus on Grades 4–8. Do fun activities, have a snack, and talk about books! Read more about our Book Clubs for All Ages.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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This free program encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before they enter school. One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop pre-reading skills that provide a good foundation for school and learning success.

By reading just three stories a day, you and your child will have read over 1,000 books in one year! It’s very easy to participate:

  • Register at the Library
  • Read together
  • Fill in the circles on your reading log. If you read a book more than once, you can record it each time. Books read to your child at Library programs, at daycare, or by others also count.
  • When you finish 100 books, bring your log to the Library and check in.
  • Check in at every 100 books to get a new log. At 200, 400, 600, 800, and 1,000 books, your child will receive a prize.

If you need any reading suggestions, let us know! Visit us at the Youth Services desks downstairs to talk about New Lenox’s favorite books for littles. We’re always happy to help.

Youth Services Blog

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Check out our Youth Services Blog!

Kids Makerspace

Kids Makerspace

Try out an awesome variety of gadgets and gizmos from Legos to Magna-Tiles, a new weekly Makerspace Challenge, and our ever-changing wall boards.

Search the Kids Catalog

Did you know we have a catalog just for kids? Search easily by topic in the PrairieCat Kids Catalog!

Homework Help

The Library has so many ways to help you with your homework — even online! Visit the library to talk to staff, search our catalog for books, and visit our Homework Help page for awesome online resources.

Need more resources? Check out all of our digital services at A–Z Resources.