Kids @ the Mahomet Public Library

 

Come for the books and programs and stay to play and visit!

Young children have their own area at the Mahomet Public Library, with kid-friendly furniture, books, puzzles, and train and light tables. Comfortable seats for parents and caregivers and a family restroom make this truly a family-friendly space. 

Firm Foundations

Firm Foundations is a community-based program for families with children ages 0-5.

  • Free book for your child on each birthday through age 5

  • Special programs for children and caregivers

  • Community support through networking with other families

 

New Children's Books on our Shelves

Preschool Storytimes

Age-appropriate stories, songs, and music to promote early literacy in a fun and engaging way!

Baby Storytime (0-2 years): Tuesdays, 9:30-9:50am

Toddler Storytime (2-3.5 years): Wednesdays, 9:30-9:50am

Preschool Storytime (3.5-6+ years): Tuesdays OR Wednesdays,  10-10:40am

All Ages Storytime: Thursdays, 10-10:40am (School year only)

Goodnight Storytime for all ages: Thursdays @ 6:30pm

 

 

Other Kid-Friendly Programs (Fall 2019)

It's Elementary for grades K-5 on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30. We have a different theme each month! The Write Stuff in January, Mad Scientists in February, Animal Lovers in March,  Harry Potter in April, and Board Games in May.

Preschool Playdates on Fridays at 10am

Read to a Dog on second Saturdays at 10am

Drop-in Crafts and Games on school early dismissal days from 1:30 to 3:00pm

We also have several one-time programs for children and families. For a complete list of all library programs, please see our Events Page. 

Reading Aloud Matters!

Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning in school. 1000 books sounds like a lot of reading! But if you ready only one book per day, you'll read 1000 books in less than 3 years! 

We've kept the process very simple:

  • Each time your child has heard 100 books, stop by the library for a sticker and a milestone photo.

  • Once your child has read 1000 books, stop by the library for a free book and a final milestone photo. 

Research Databases and Homework Help Links

Our research databases contain sources useful for students in late grade school through college. 

We also recommend several outside resources for homework help:

  • cK-12: lessons and practice exercises for math and science

  • Crash Course: John and Hank Green's YouTube channel covering a wide range of topics

  • Discovery Education: instructional videos and learning games for math, English, science, and social studies

  • EasyBib: bibliography generator

  • Lexile.com: book searches by lexile score

  • Kahn Academy: a library of thousands of instruction videos on math, science, economics, history, and more

  • Science and Arts Gateway for Education by Cornell University: links to learning resources in science, mathematics, and the arts