Kids Activities

(RR) = Registration Required     (NR) = No Registration Required
Register for programs at the Kid's Circulation Desk or by contacting Katie: 309-446-9575 or

Book Babies - Now Inside the Activity Room at the Library! (NR)
Ages 0-3
Thursdays 10:00-10:30am

Help your little one develop their literacy skills and get some of their wiggles out as we share songs, signs, stories, and rhymes together. We will be practicing social distancing and following library mask guidelines. Children over the age of two will be allowed to remove their masks during the program when they are in their Book Baby Bubble. 

Astronomy Club (RR)
Grades 4-12

Thursday, May 26 8:30-9:15 
Use the library's telescope to find objects in the night sky with Peoria Astronomical Society member Bob Pauer. If weather does not allow for clear viewing, alternate astronomy-related activites will be offered in the Activity Room. (PNG)

Indoor Scavenger Hunt (NR)
All Ages
April - Bugs & Insects
May - Birds

Can you find the pictures hidden around the library? Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet at the Kid's Circulation Desk. Return your scavenger hunt sheet for a small prize. 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (RR)
Ages 0-5
Reading with your newborn, infant, or toddler is not only a great way to help them become a successful reader later in life, but is also a fun way to bond with your child.  If you read just one book a night, you will read about 365 books in one year - at that rate you will reach 1,000 books in under 3 years!

Does your child want to read the same book again and again? The same book counts every time you read it! Is a sibling or caregiver reading with your child? That counts too! Keep track of the books you read with your child through Beanstack's online platform or app.  Create an account or log on at  Don't have a way to access the Internet? Come in and pick up a paper version of challenge. Let us help you celebrate as you reach reading milestones - earn digital badges and fun prizes!

To-Go Programs
Storytime To-Go (NR)
Ages 3-6
Missing Storytime? Pick up a kit with fingerplays, rhymes, activities, craft supplies, and book suggestions, so you can do a Storytime at home! New themes are available the 1st and 15th of each month. Don't forget to check out the display books that go with the theme, or request that library staff include a few with your curbside pickup! Kits avaialbe while supplies last. 

Take-It, Make-It Kits (NR)
Ages 6-18
Take home a Take-It, Make-It kit today! We will have new activities on the 1st and 15th of each month. Pick up or request a STEM Kit geared towards Elementary aged children, an Art Kit geared towards Elementary aged children, and/or a Teen DIY Kit! Kits available while supplies last. Want to reserve a kit? Call the circulation desk at 309-446-9575. Take home a Take-It, Make-It kit today!

Online Resources

NoveList Plus K-8 - Link to Search

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Project Next Generation:
Imagine, Innovate, Inspire (RR)

Ages 10-18

Interested in Virtual Reality, Game Design, Robotics, Videography, Photography, 3D Printing, and other STEAM related topics? Find out more about upcoming workshops and maker events here. 

Summer Reading Adventure 2022
Read Beyond the Beaten Path (RR)

Ages Birth-Adult

Registration for the Summer Reading Program is open! Mix and match the Reading Challenge of your choice and In-Person Programs to create a summer experience that fits your schedule. Open to All Ages.

Reading Challenge
June 1-July 29
Login or register on Beanstack and choose the Reading Challenge that fits your reading style. 
Read to Me Challenge (50 Books)
Casual Reader Challenge (15 Hours)

Avid Reader Challenge (30 Hours)

All Reading Challenge participants can pick up an Adventure Pack filled with information, a few small surprises, and activities to do at home beginning June 1. Complete the Reading Challenge by July 19th to qualify for the Grand Prize Drawing. Half-way and Completion Prize Packs may be earned until July 29. 

Want to track your reading with a paper log? No problem! Call the library to register and pick up your paper log and an Adventure Pack beginning June 1. 

In-Person Programs
June 3-July 29
Fill out the Program Registration Form to reserve your spot at fun events for your age group. See the Summer Reading Calendar for a full listing of programs, including many that do not require registration.

Have questions? Call 309-363-4897, email Tina (Adults) or Katie sends e-mail) (Kids & Teens).  We look forward to a summer full of adventure with you!